• Cases are set to be filed against two of five “narco generals” tagged by President Duterte as protectors of drug syndicates
• Complaints would soon be lodged against Police Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio
• Cases against the three others are still being completed
Cases are set to be filed against two of the five police generals tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as protectors of drug syndicates.
The Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno told reporters in Malacañang on Monday, August 22, that complaints will soon be filed against former National Capital Region Police Office Chief Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City Police District Chief Edgardo Tinio.
“For the two, Generals Pagdilao and Tinio, we are ready with the prima facie case against them, which I will sign when I get back to my office,” Sueno said.
The Interior Secretary admitted that the DILG has yet to complete airtight cases against the three other “narco generals,” namely: former Western Visayas police director Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz, retired chief superintendent Vicente Loot, and retired deputy director general Marcelo Garbo Jr.
He said evidence against Diaz is still being gathered.
“It takes some time for us to really gather evidence against General Diaz but we are sure we have the goods against him, we have evidence against him,” he said.
As for retired Garbo, whose whereabouts is unknown, Sueno said the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group would file a case against him.
“He is not in active duty right now. He is not an elected official so the CIDG will file cases against him,” Sueno said.
As mentioned in an article published by the Manila Standard, Vicente Loot, who is now the mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu, has been stripped of supervision over local police.
“As for Mayor Loot, we already lifted his supervision over the police and we have also canceled his licenses or permit to own guns and bodyguards. And since he is a new mayor, we cannot come up with evidence administratively against him as mayor. But what we are doing is we are conducting lifestyle checks on him to find out that his assets are not proportionate to his income. So that is our strategy,” the Manila Standard quoted Sueno as saying.