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VIDEO: Duterte names top cops allegedly protecting drug syndicates


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MANILA, Philippines - As part of his campaign against illegal drugs, corruption and criminality, President Rodrigo Duterte has publicly named 5 police generals who are allegedly involved in illegal drug trade on Tuesday, July 5.

Duterte names top cops allegedly protecting drug syndicates
Change is coming: President Duterte names police generals allegedly protecting drug syndicates. Photo Credit: NAPOLCOM
During the 69th anniversary of Philippine Air Force at Clark Air Base, Duterte said he ordered the 5 police officers, including 2 already retired, relieved from their positions.

Generals allegedly protecting drug syndicates
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Deputy Director-General Marcelo Garbo Jr. (retired, PMA Class 1981)), Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot (retired, PMA Class 1982), Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz (PMA Class 1984), Director Joel Pagdilao (PMA Class 1984) and Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio (PMA Class 1985) were identified to have alleged links with illegal drug trade.

Garbo was a “protector of drug syndicates”, according to the maverick leader. Meanwhile, Loot is the newly elected mayor of Daangbantayan town in Cebu.

The President said police officers linked to illegal drug trade have committed treason emphasizing that their education was funded by the government.

"Masakit pakinggan kasi ginastusan mo na, pinagaral, lahat ng uniporme, pati medyas, sapatos gastos mo, taposyou commit, by any language, it is really treason,” Duterte said.

Duterte is expecting the police generals to report to PNP Director Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and the National Police Commission to immediately conduct an investigation.

Watch full video here.


Mayor Loot: A Victim of Black Propaganda

Hours after Duterte’s announcement, Former PCSupt. Vicente Loot said Duterte’s allegation was unfair and that he was simply a victim of black propaganda. He said his alleged links to illegal drug syndicates came from one of his accusers at the time he served as the District Director of the Manila Police.

"It's unfair to me and to my family, kailangan ma-clear ko ang sarili ko... Sana naman mabigyan ako ng pagkakataon, it's unfair to my fellow Cebuanos, kilala ako dito, alam nila kung anong klaseng opisyal ako,” Loot said.

Diaz Cites Personal Reasons to Prove He’s Innocent

In his interview with DZMM, Diaz said he has personal reasons to prove that he is against illegal drugs. According to him, his younger brother was sent to a rehabilitation center thrice to cure his addiction while his male cousin died of substance abuse. Diaz added that his 21-year-old female cousin was killed by a drug addict.

“Bukas na bukas magrereport ako kay Director General Dela Rosa.” Diaz told DZMM.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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