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Duterte fires drug-linked Bacolod chief of police

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Bacolod City Chief of Police Francis Ebreo for his alleged involvement in illegal drugs.

Duterte made the announcement during his speech at the birthday celebration of Vallacar Transit Inc. president and CEO Leo Rey Yanson held at L’Fisher Hotel on Saturday.

“I’d like to know if the chief of police is here. If you are here kindly stand up because you are fired as of this moment,” the President said.

“In your involvement in drugs and making the people of Bacolod miserable, I am relieving and dismissing you from the service as of now, Senior Superintendent Francis Ebreo,” he added.

Duterte also announced the dismissal in te same speech of four other police officials, namely Senior Supt. Allan Rubi Macapagal, Supt. Richie Makilan Yatar, Supt. Nasruddin Daud Tayuan and Senior Insp. Victor Paulino.

“Then you have Superintendent Tayuan… And Superintendent Yatar… And there is Victor Paulino, police SI… Macapagal, you are out,” the chief executive said.

He ordered the axed police officers to report to his office on Monday, January 14.

“But these persons that I have mentioned have something to do with the interest of the city…you are protecting, or you are in cahoots with the drug syndicate in the city,” Duterte said.