The National Police Commission (Napolcom) will investigate five high-ranking police officials named by President Rodrigo Duterte during his speech on Tuesday, July 5. The five generals named by Duterte who are allegedly involved in illegal drug trade are retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr., Director Joel Pagdilao, Chief Superintendents Bernardo Diaz and Edgardo Tinio, and retired Chief Superintendent Vicente “Vic” Loot. In a report, Napolcom Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao said they initiated the investigation upon Duterte’s orders. Three of the five generals — Pagdilao, Tinio and Diaz have met with Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Wednesday, to clear their names. Focus of the investigation In the report, Casurao said that they will only focus on the three generals since they are still active in the service. The case of Garbo will be handled by the Department of Interior and Local Government. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice and the National Bureau of Investigation will take charge of Loot’s case since he is now serving as the Mayor of Daanbantayan, Cebu. The DOJ said they are ready investigate the case of the generals. Casurao said they are targeting to finish the investigation within a month. “We are assuring now the public that the investigation to be conducted by the Napolcom is going to be a ‘straight-ahead’ investigation,” Casurao was quoted as saying in a report. On clearing their names In a separate report, Pagdilao and Tinio said they are “willing to face investigation to clear their name.” They denied allegations that they are involved in illegal drug trade as exposed by the
President during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force. Pagdilao said he is clueless on why he got linked (to illegal drugs). He said he has been fighting illegal drugs during his 32 years of service. “My orders have always been to arrest and file cases against suspects, big or small,” Pagdilao said in Filipino”. Tinio on the other said he is willing to undergo a lie-detector test as part of the investigation. The police official said he is disheartened by the allegations and he announced that he avail of early retirement after he clears his name. “My burning desire for public service has gone after this stigma,” Tinio reportedly said. Bato meets with three general On Wednesday, July 6, Pagdilao, Tinio and Diaz met with the PNP Chief whom advised the beleaguered generals to ‘face the music.’ Dela Rosa’s spokesperson Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos told the media that there was no tense moment during the meeting. He said that the officers broke down in tears as they spoke with the PNP Chief. Meanwhile, Dela Rosa assured the generals “that they will be accorded an impartial investigation” even if they were his upperclassmen by four years at the Philippine Military Academy.