2 police officers face raps for drugs

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CRIMINAL charges will be filed against two senior officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) for their involvement in illegal drugs, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said over the weekend.

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DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno said authorities gathered sufficient evidence to indict the two officers whom he refused to identify.

He said the two officers are assigned at the National Capital Region (NCR).
Another police officer assigned outside the NCR is also being investigated for his drug links.

“We already have evidence against the two assigned at NCR. As for the other one outside Metro Manila, evidence is being gathered, and we will come up with evidence,” Sueno said.

“The trial can start for those with prima facie evidence,” he told reporters in a news briefing.

“Let’s not name them for now,” Sueno said.

The Interior Secretary added that the investigation and gathering of evidence against the police officers will end next week.

“We’re finalizing the process. It may take about seven to 10 days,” Sueno said.

He added that the department is also ready for the investigation of three police generals President Rodrigo Duterte earlier linked to drugs.

“Well, since General (Marcelo) Garbo is out of the service, the court will handle his case. As for the three generals still on duty, we’re ready for them,” Sueno told reporters. The three are

During the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) early this month, Duterte named five senior police officials, both retired and in active service, as being allegedly involved in illegal drug activities.

The retired generals were former Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo and former Chief Supt. Vicente Loot.

The others were former Metro Manila Police Chief, Director Joel Pagdilao, former Western Visayas Police Commander Chief Supt. Bernard Diaz and former Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Chief Supt. Edgar Tinio.

The three police officials were ordered relieved from their respective posts and put on floating status on July 1.

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