The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is having a hard time building a case against retired Chief Supt. and now Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot more than a month after President Rodrigo Duterte painted him as one of five police generals who coddled drug lords.
In a press briefing in Malacanang, Interior Secretary Mike Sueno said: “He is a new mayor, we cannot come up with evidences administratively against him as mayor.”
What the DILG has done, Sueno said, was make it difficult for Loot to move around and probably make him vulnerable to attacks
“For Mayor Loot… Mayor Loot, we already lifted the — his supervision over the police. And we have also cancelled his licenses or permit to own guns and bodyguards. We also cancelled all those,” said Sueno.
So what is the DILG going to do to charge Loot as Duterte had promised? Sueno said the DILG would catch for Loot for lying on his statement of assets liabilities and net worth (SALN) which was the same strategy used to impeach the late Chief Justice Renato Corona.
“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,” said Sueno.
As of today, the DILG is only ready to file charges against wo of the five narco-generals accused by Duterte – Philippine National Police (PNP) Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio. Sueno said the case against retired PNP Director Marcelo Garbo would be filed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group
Sueno admitted having trouble building a case against Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz.
“As for General Diaz, we are finalizing the evidence against him because he was assigned in Region 6, while Tinio and Pagdilao were assigned here in Metro Manila. But we are sure we have the goods against him, we have evidence against him, ” said Sueno.