Formal charges filed vs. 2 ‘narco-generals’ — Napolcom official

More than 160 self-confessed drug addicts surrender to authorities at the San Juan City Hall, Monday. City officials directed local barangay officials to ask drug users and pushers in their respective jurisdiction to voluntarily surrender and undergo drug rehabilitation. (MNS photo)

More than 160 self-confessed drug addicts surrender to authorities at the San Juan City Hall, Monday. City officials directed local barangay officials to ask drug users and pushers in their respective jurisdiction to voluntarily surrender and undergo drug rehabilitation. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Formal administrative charges have been filed against two active police officials tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte in illegal drugs.

“The formal charges have already been filed,” National Police Commission Vice Chairman executive officer Rogelio Casurao said.

The charges were filed before the Napolcom commission en banc.

Napolcom service director Johnson Reyes said Tuesday that former National Capital Region Police Officer chief Director Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City Police District Office director Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio will face charges serious neglect of duty, serious irregularities in the performance of duty, and conduct unbecoming of a police officer.

Casurao said the charges are based on circumstantial and direct evidence against the two police officials.

He said they are confident that the evidence presented to the commission en banc against the two police officials will stand.

“Documentary evidence will not lie also,” he said.

The Napolcom had said that its investigators have yet to find a direct link between the two police officials and drug syndicates.

Casurao, however, clarified that they do not need to prove the officials’ direct link to drug syndicates.

“It does not have to be actual participation. It is enough that under your watch things are happening less than right,” he said.

Meanwhile, Casurao said that the Napolcom investigators have tapped the assistance of the Anti-Money Laundering Council as part of their lifestyle check on the police officials.

“We arleady got the cooperation of the AMLC for their (police officials) assets… sweldo nila and against what they have now,” he said.

He added: “Lifestyle check, it’s a matter of mathematics lang. San ka kumuha nito? Every statement that you give, you have to have supporting documents.”

Pagdilao and Tinio can either be suspended or dismissed from the service if the NAPOLCOM founds them guilty of the charges.

Charges have yet to be filed against the three other “narco-generals” tagged by Duterte.

Interior Secretary Mike Sueno had said they are still drafting the case against Director Bernardo Diaz.

Casurao, meanwhile, said that retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo and former Chief Superintendent and now Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot are already out of the Napolcom’s jurisdiction. (MNS)

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