Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella
MANILA, Philippines – Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea had already signed last week the dismissal order for former National Capital Region Police (NCRPO) Chief Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Edgardo Tinio.
Malacañang said the two high-ranking officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were sacked for being administratively liable due to serious neglect of duty and serious irregularity in the performance of their duties.
The two generals allegedly failed to properly perform their functions.
The palace claimed Pagdilao and Tinio’s neglect in performing their duties well resulted in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the areas of their responsibility.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said they have yet to know if the two will face criminal charges.
“We cannot speculate on what are the next steps of the president. But I’m sure that he — knowing this, he, again and again, he said that this is an apparatus. And that these are interlinked with other with other personalities,” Abella said.
Abella remained mum on whether other high-ranking PNP officials will also suffer the same fate. He also refused to confirm if Pagdilao and Tinio are involved in the illegal drug trade.
“Up to this stage, all information that we have been supplied has been there… the keywords are ‘deliberately refused’ to perform their duties. In other words, neglect by default, ” Abella said.
Pagdilao and Tinio are included in the narco list of President Rodrigo Duterte which contains the names of personalities allegedly involved in illegal drug trade.
The other alleged narco generals Mr. Duterte named were retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo, retired Chief Superintendent Vicente loot and former Western Visayas Police Director Bernardo Diaz. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue