President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday named five police generals allegedly involved in illegal drugs, and ordered them relieved from their posts.
In his speech at the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), Duterte said one of the police generals include former Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy director general Marcelo Garbo, Jr.
He said Garbo was a “protector of drug syndicates.”
The other four were identified as police generals Vicente Loot, Bernardo Diaz, Edgardo Tinio, and former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Joel Pagdilao.
Garbo and Loot have left the police service. Loot is the newly elected mayor of Daangbantayan town in Cebu.
“As [of] this time, I order them relieved from their assignments and report to the director general [Ronald Dela Rosa],” Duterte said.
“I would like to talk them and certainly, I would expect the [National Police Commission to do their thing; imbestigahan ninyo ito at wag ninyo akong bigyan ng zarzuela,” he added.
“Hanapin ninyo ang tao kasi overnight I was really trying to figure out—I do not necessarily humiliate you. It’s not my practice,” Duterte added.
He said police officers who are involved in illegal drugs have committed treason, pointing out that their education was paid for government funds.
“Ito yung mga tao who were given the honor to join the academies of our country, be it the PNP or PMA at the expense of the public and [made] a career there,”” Duterte said.
“All along, tayong mga mamayan thought we are being protected by the police,” he added.
“Masakit pakinggan kasi ginastusan mo, pinag-aral mo, pati medyas at sapatos, gastos mo, tapos you commit, by any language, it is treason,” Duterte said.
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