PNP: Dismissed “narco-generals” also face possible criminal charges

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  • Dismissed police generals allegedly involved in drug trade may also face criminal raps
  • Spokesman said criminal cases will concern their alleged participation
  • He also said they are still gathering enough evidence against the two generals

MANILA, Philippines  –  The two so-called “narco-generals” who were dismissed from the Philippine National Police (PNP) may also face criminal charges soon for their alleged participation in the drug trade.

According to PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos, Joel Pagdilao and Edgardo Tinio could be prosecuted in court if there’s enough proof to establish their criminal liability.

“Iyung pagpapabaya po nila contributed doon sa pagkalat ng droga. Ngayon po, iyung possible na criminal na kaso is their participation,” he told ABS-CBN.

[Their neglect of duty contributed to the spread of illicit drugs. Their possible criminal case will concern their participation in the narcotics trade.]

Carlos added that they are still gathering enough evidence to warrant the filing of criminal raps against the two generals.

“Ang atin po d’yan [Our task there] is to find enough evidence that will warrant charges before the criminal court.

Pagdilao and Tinio are two of the five PNP generals named by President Rodrigo Duterte as involved in the drug trade.

The other three are Bernardo Diaz, Vicente Loot and Marcelo Garbo.

Of the three, only Diaz is still in active service.

In the order directing their dismissal, both Tinio and Pagdilao were “administrativel­y liabl­e for seriou­s neglec­t of duty and seriou­s irre­gularity in the performanc­e of duty”.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the two’s negligence contributed to the proliferation of the illegal drug trade in their areas of assignment.

“Evidence shows that both generals delibe­ratel­y refused, without cause, to perform their duties as police officers resulting in the proliferation of the drug trade in their areas of jurisdiction,” he said.

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