NAPOLCOM finds probable cause to indict two PNP generals on Duterte drug list
THE National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) yesterday announced it found probable cause to indict two of the five police generals named by President Rodrigo Duterte as illegal drugs trade protectors.
However, the panel handling the investigation of the generals admitted it has no direct evidence to pin down Police Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio as protectors of drug syndicates.
In a press briefing, Atty. Johnson Reyes, chief of NAPOLCOM’s Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Services (IMIS), said what they have is enough evidence warranting the filing of administrative charges against the two police officials for serious neglect of duty, serious irregularity in the performance of duty and conduct unbecoming of a police officer.
If found guilty and the penalty is dismissal from service, the NAPOLCOM official said that the benefits and eligibilities of the two active generals will be forfeited.
NAPOLCOM was scheduled yesterday to ask President Duterte for clearance to indict Pagdilao and Tinio before the Commission en banc.
As a matter of procedure, Reyes said that the Commission en banc will form two ad hoc committees that will hear the cases of Pagdilao and Tinio.
NAPOLCOM is still investigating another active police general, Bernardo Diaz, while the two others — Marcelo Garbo and Vicente Loot — are no longer covered by the commission since they are already retired.
The government, however, wanted the police generals always available while the extensive investigation into their supposed involvement in illegal drugs is ongoing.
Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno, who is also NAPOLCOM chairman, earlier requested the Department of Justice to place the police officials under a “watch list order” to prevent their going out of the country.
Except for Garbo, all four generals surfaced and denied the charges leveled at them by the President.