SEVERAL senior officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP), including two recently linked by the President to illegal drugs, have been placed on floating status since Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa took over as PNP chief on July 1, 2016, a senior police official disclosed on Monday.
The police official, who is assigned at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, said the officials on “floating status” are from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1984, which adopted defeated presidential candidate Manuel Roxas 2nd as a member.
“They have been relieved from their posts and placed on floating status since ‘Bato’ took over the helm of the PNP last July 1, 2016,” said the source.
Placed on floating status were Directors Generoso Cerbo Jr., Jonathan Miano, Joel Pagdilao, Danilo Pelisco and Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz.
Another Camp Crame source confirmed that these officials were indeed placed on floating status.
In April this year, Cerbo and Diaz were reported being seen with retired deputy director
general Marcelo Garbo Jr., also linked by the President to drugs, in a hotel at the Cubao, Quezon City commercial complex owned by the Araneta-Roxas family.
Cerbo used to head the PNP Directorate for Intelligence, while Miano was in charge of the irectorate for Operations. Pelisco was the head of the Directorate for Comptrollership.
Pagdilao is the former chief of the National Capital Regional Police Office while Diaz is the former regional commander of the Western Visayas Police Office based in Iloilo province, a Roxas bailiwick.
Pagdilao and Diaz were among the five PNP officials accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of protecting illegal drug syndicates during the Air Force anniversary rites on July 4.
“They are all now assigned to the office of the PNP Chief waiting to be given new assignments,” the senior police source said.
Asked if politics was behind the move, the source could not give a definite answer.
“That I cannot answer… but two of them were tagged by President Duterte as alleged protectors of illegal drug syndicates,” the source said, referring to Pagdilao and Diaz.
Aside from Pagdilao, Diaz and Garbo of the PMA Class of 1981, Duterte had tagged Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio (PMA Class of 1985) and retired chief superintendent Vicente Loot (PMA Class of 1982) as protectors of illegal drug syndicates.
All have vehemently denied the allegation.
The active police officials are being investigated by the National Police Commission while those who have retired are being probed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government and law enforcement agencies.