- President Duterte has released the names of five police generals allegedly involved in illegal drugs
- They are Marcelo Garbo, Vicente Loot, Bernardo Diaz, Edgardo Tinio, and Joel Pagdilao
- He has ordered the relief of those who are still active, has asked the PNP chief to investigate them
- He also called them traitors, said they had betrayed the country that paid for their education
MANILA, Philippines – Making good on his earlier threat to name them publicly should they refuse to resign, President Rodrigo Duterte released the identities of five police generals who are allegedly the protectors of drug lords.
Duterte made the revelation during the anniversary rites of the Philippine Air Force. He identified the officials as Generals Marcelo Gabo, Vicente Loot, Bernardo Diaz, Edgardo Tinio, and Joel Pagdilao.
“I’d like to name publicly General Marcelo Garbo, he was a protector of the drug syndicates in the country; General Vicente Loot who is now the mayor of one of the municipalities of Cebu; General Diaz, the former regional director of Region 11; General Pagdilao, former regional director NCRPO; General Tinio former QCPD director,” Philippine Star quoted him as saying.
Duterte said he has ordered the relief of those who are still active and has asked PNP chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to investigate them.
“As this time I order them relieved from their assignments and report to the director general. I would like to talk to them but certainly, I would expect the police commission to talk to them. Imbestigahan ninyo ito. Hanapin ninyo ang totoo [Investigate them, search for the truth],” he said.
The president added he was compelled to tell the truth which he said had been validated many times over because of the damage the five police officials have done. He also called them traitors; saying they betrayed the country that paid for their education in return for their service and loyalty.
Earlier, Duterte warned at least three of the officials to resign from the service or face humiliation.