Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday named five police generals allegedly involved in
illegal drugs, and ordered them relieved from their posts.
In his speech at the 69th
anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF), Duterte said one of
the police generals include former Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy director
general Marcelo Garbo, Jr.
He said Garbo was a
"protector of drug syndicates."
The other four were identified
as police generals Vicente Loot, Bernardo Diaz, Edgardo Tinio, and
former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Joel Pagdilao.
Garbo and Loot have left the police
service. Loot is the newly elected mayor of Daangbantayan town in Cebu.
"As [of] this time, I
order them relieved from their assignments and report to the director general
[Ronald DelaRosa]," Duterte said.
"I would like to talk them
and certainly, I would expect the [National Police Commission to do their
thing; imbestigahan ninyo ito at wag ninyo akong bigyan ng zarzuela," he
"Hanapin ninyo ang tao
kasi overnight I was really trying to figure out—I do not necessarily humiliate
you. It's not my practice," Duterte added.
He said police officers who are
involved in illegal drugs have committed treason, pointing out that their
education was paid for government funds.
"Ito yung mga tao who were
given the honor to join the academies of our country, be it the PNP or PMA at
the expense of the public and [made] a career there,"" Duterte said.
"All along, tayong mga
mamayan thought we are being protected by the police," he added.
"Masakit pakinggan kasi ginastusan mo,
pinag-aral mo, pati medyas at sapatos, gastos mo, tapos youcommit, by any
language, it is treason," Duterte said.