Evidence enough versus 2 ranking PNP executives linked to drugs says DILG chief

  • The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael “Mike” Sueno said on Friday that there is sufficient evidence against PNP executives linked to drugs
  • Without naming who, Sueno said they are ready to file the case against two out of three active ranking officials
  • President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier accused Police Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Superintendents Edgardo Tinio and Bernardo Diaz of being protectors of illegal drug syndicates

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ismael “Mike” Sueno said on Friday that there is sufficient evidence against two of the three active ranking police officials being linked to illegal drugs.

“Ready na kami sa dalawa [We are ready for the two [officials],” Sueno said at a press briefing; without identifying the two police officials.

“Yung dalawa kasi dito sa NCR (National Capital Region) lang eh, so nakakuha na tayo ng mga ebidensiya,” Sueno said as quoted in an article by GMA News.

[“The two officials are in the National Capital Region, so we were able to gather evidence against them.”]

“May prima facie evidence na puwede na i-try [There are prima facie evidence that we can try]. We will start trial already,” he added.

When the DILG chief was asked how soon they would file the complaints against the two, Sueno said, “Next week, next week.”

“Yung isa pina-finalize pa namin [We are still finalizing one of them], maybe it will take us seven or 10 days,” he revealed.

An article by Jaime Laude for Philippine Star said that President Rodrigo Duterte has earlier accused Police Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Superintendents Edgardo Tinio and Bernardo Diaz of being protectors of illegal drug syndicates.

All three officials have denied involvement in illegal activities.

Aside from the three, two retired police officials, namely Deputy Director Gen. Marcelo Garbo and Chief Supt. Vicente Loot were also linked to illegal drugs by Duterte.  The two officials also denied the accusation.

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