Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno has ordered a lifestyle check among members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to identify and remove officials involved in illegal activities.
Sueno instructed PNP Chief Ronald de la Rosa to check first the three active police generals who were named by President Rodrigo Duterte as protectors of drug lords — Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 Director Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz, former National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Police Director Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Director Edgardo Tinio.
He said a public servant should possess honesty, integrity and professionalism.
He noted that if a police officer or a civil servant had amassed questionable wealth, they must explain how they acquired their assets.
The DILG chief said the National Police Commission (Napolcom) has started its investigation on the case of the three active police generals.
Lawyers from the agency have also started gathering information regarding the cases of former police general and now Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot and retired general Marcelo Garbo who Duterte said were involved in illegal drugs.
Pagdilao, Tinio, Diaz and Loot already talked to Sueño. They expressed willingness to face an investigation in order to clear their names.