CASES will soon be filed against two of the five police generals tagged as protectors of drug syndicates by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Speaking to reporters in Malacañang on Monday, Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno said complaints would soon be lodged against Police Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio.
“We are ready with the prima facie case against them,” he said.
Pagdilao, former Metro Manila police chief and Tinio, the former head of the Quezon City police, were among the five police generals Duterte accused of being involved in the illegal drug trade last July 5.
All have denied such links and submitted themselves to investigation.
Sueno admitted that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) had yet to complete airtight cases against the three other “narco-generals”: former Western Visayas police director Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz, retired chief superintendent Vicente Loot, and retired deputy director general Marcelo Garbo Jr.
The case against Diaz has yet to be completed, Sueno said.
“It takes some time for us to really gather evidence against General Diaz but we are sure we have the goods against him, we have evidence against him,” he said.
Sueno admitted there was no evidence yet to merit a complaint against Loot, who is now a town mayor in Cebu.
“But what we are doing is we are conducting a lifestyle check on him to find out that his assets are not proportionate to his income. That is our strategy,” he said.
The DILG has removed Loot’s supervision over the police and cancelled his license or permit to own guns and keep bodyguards.
Sueno also admitted a case had yet to be built up against Garbo.
While he could not reveal the exact whereabouts of Garbo, Sueno said the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) would file the case against him.
“He (Garbo) is not in active duty right now. He is not an elected official so the CIDG will file cases against him,” Sueno said.