DILG to file charges against 2 of 5 alleged ‘narco-generals’

  • DILG says two of the five alleged police drug traders named by President Rodrigo Duterte last July 8 will soon be filed of charges
  • Pagdilao and Tinio were confirmed by DILG secretary Ismael “Mike” Sueño on a press briefing at Malacañang to be facing complaints, adding that they are ready with the prima facie case against them
  • DILG said evidence against the three others, Bernardo Diaz, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot, and retired PNP Deputy Chief for Administration Gen. Marcelo Garbo, who were also mentioned by Duterte for their alleged involvement in illegal drug sale, are yet to be finalized

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) confirmed two of the five alleged police drug traders named by President Rodrigo Duterte last July 8 will soon be filed of charges, DILG secretary said on Monday.

Former National Capital Region Police Office chief Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City Police District director Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio were confirmed by DILG secretary Ismael “Mike” Sueño today on a press briefing at Malacañang to be facing complaints, adding that they are ready with the prima facie case against them, which he will sign after returning to his office.

“We will come out with the cases to be filed against them in due time. So maybe we can wait until tomorrow [about the specific complaints that will be filed against the two],” he added.

As for the complaints against Western Visayas police regional director Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz, then police general and now Daanbatayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot, and retired Philippine National Police Deputy Chief for Administration General Marcelo Garbo, who were also mentioned by Duterted for their alleged involvement in illegal drug sale, the DILG claimed that the evidences against their cases are yet to be finalized.

Sueño also mentioned that they are having a little difficulty on filing cases against Diaz because his assignment was in Western Visayas, therefore giving them a hard time to gather evidences right away, compared to Tinio and Pagdilao who were assigned to Manila.

“So it takes some time for us to really gather evidences against General Diaz but we are sure we have the goods against him. We have evidences against him,” he added.

Complaints against Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot (retired), who is now serving as mayor in Cebu, have not been carried out since the DILG cannot come up with evidences on the case, but rather they are conducting a lifestyle check on him, Sueño said.

“Since he is a new mayor, we cannot come up with evidences administratively against him as mayor… But what we are doing is we are conducting lifestyle check on him to find out that his assets are not proportionate to his income. So that is our strategy,” Sueño said.

On the other hand, Sueño said the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group will be the one to file cases against Garbo since the latter is “not in active duty right now [and] neither an elected official.”

“[Also], we already lifted [Loot’s] supervision over the police and we have also cancelled his licenses to permit to own guns and bodyguards. We also cancelled all those,” he added.

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