Duterte tags ‘Roxas generals’ as drug protectors
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the investigation and relief of five former and incumbent police generals led by retired PNP deputy director general Marcelo Garbo Jr. for their involvement in illegal drugs.
In a speech during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air force at the Clark in Pampanga airfield, Duterte said these police generals have committed “treason” for engaging in criminal activity.
Duterte first tagged Garbo as a “protector of drug syndicates.” Garbo is a vocal supporter of defeated Liberal Party candidate Mar Roxas.
Aside from Garbo, Duterte identified the drug-coddling generals as retired PNP general Vic Loot, former National Capital Region Police Office chief Joel Pagdilao, Quezon City police chief Edgardo Tinio, and Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz.
“All along, tayong mga mamamayan thought that we are being protected by the police primarily. Masakit pakinggan kasi ginastusan mo na, binayaran mo ‘yung pag-aaral niya, lahat ng uniporme, pati medyas niya, pati sapatos gastos mo, tapos you commit. By any language it is really treason,” Duterte said.
“And I’d like to name publicly: General Marcelo Garbo, he was a protector of the drug syndicates in this country; General Vicente Loot, who is now the mayor of Cebu in one of the municipalities of Cebu; General (Bernardo) Diaz, the former regional director of Region 11; General (Joel) Pagdilao, former regional director NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office), General (Eduardo) Tinio, former QCPD (Quezon City Police District) director,” he added.
Duterte said:”As of this time, I order them relieved from their assignments and report to director general (PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa).”
“I would like to talk to them and certainly, I would expect the (National Police) commission to do their thing. Imbestigahan ninyo ito at huwag ninyo akong bigyan ng zarzuela,” said Duterte.
Loot won as mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu in the last elections. He retired in July 2015.
Diaz was among the active police generals seen with Garbo during a confidential meeting at the Novotel Hotel in Araneta-Gateway in Cubao at the height of the recent campaign.
Pagdilao is the older brother of losing senatorial bet Samuel Pagdilao.