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Tanggal na! Duterte fires ‘narco-generals’ Joel Pagdilao, Edgardo Tinio

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President Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed from service two police officials he had accused of involvement in the illegal drug trade.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Monday (October 9) said former National Capital Region Police Office chief Police Director Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City Police District head Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio were dismissed after being found administratively liable “for serious neglect of duty and serious irregularity in the performance of duty.”

He said their dismissal was “in line with the President’s promise to render the nation crime and corruption-free.”

“Evidence shows that both generals deliberately refused, without cause, to perform their duties as police officers resulting in the proliferation of the drug trade in their areas of jurisdiction. Thus, the President’s decision,” Abella told reporters at a press briefing.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed the order for the dismissal of Pagdilao and Tinio on October 5, he added.

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) found probable cause to file administrative charges against Pagdilao and Tinio in August 2016, barely a month after they were named by Duterte as among the so-called “narco-generals.”