The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has found probable cause to indict former National Capital Region Police Office chief Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City Police District Director Edgardo Tinio.
Lawyer Johnson Reyes, service director of the Napolcom’s Inspection, Monitoring and Investigation Service (IMIS), on Tuesday said formal charges against the two generals will be filed before the commission en banc.
Reyes added that the charges include serious neglect of duty, serious irregularity in the conduct of duty and conduct unbecoming a police officer that carry penalties ranging from suspension to dismissal from the service.
The IMIS, which had conducted an investigation, recommended the filing of the administrative charges against Pagdilao and Tinio after supposedly strong circumstantial, testimonial and direct evidence were found against the two generals.
Reyes said there was no evidence two generals “had a direct participation as protectors of drug syndicates.”
Before filing the administrative case before the Napolcom en banc, the Napolcom director added, a presidential clearance has to be secured through the Executive Secretary as the generals are presidential appointees.
Two ad hoc committees will be formed to receive and analyze position papers from Pagdilao and Tinio before the documents are submitted to the en banc for resolution after “trial type proceedings.”
Reyes said pre-hearing proceedings will require the presence of the two generals.
He added that Pagdilao and Tinio may also file a motion for reconsideration if the commission en banc upholds the administrative charges against them.
Possible criminal charges against the two generals will have to be filed through the Department of Justice.
Pagdilao and Tinio are among the five police generals linked by President Rodrigo Duterte to the illegal drug trade.