- Malacañang refused to release evidence against the alleged police officials who are involved in illegal drugs as named by president Rodrigo Duterte
- Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said that the information, if released, may prejudice the investigations and may violate the right of the involved to due process
- President Duterte instructed Napolcom to investigate in the said case
Malacañang declined to disclose evidences against the five top officials that are allegedly involved in illegal drugs.
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a text message that the evidence be it documentary or testimonial that is against the accused generals should not be released as of the moment as the information may prejudice the criminal and administrative investigations and cases that are thrown against them. He added that a release of incomplete evidence through the media may also affect and violate the constitutional right to due process of the five officials.
Duterte named the five officials and mentioned Deputy Director-General Marcelo Garbo Jr. (retired), Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot (retired), Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz, Director Joel Pagdilao, and Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio.
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"All along, tayong mga mamamayan thought that we are being protected by the police primarily. Masakit pakinggan kasi ginastusan mo na, binayaran mo ‘yung pag-aaral niya, lahat ng uniporme pati medyas niya pati sapatos gastos mo, tapos you commit. By any language, it is really treason," Duterte said.
(All along, we citizens thought that we are being protected by the police primarily. It hurts to hear because you fund, you pay for his education, uniform even socks and shoes, you spend for everything, and you commit. By any language, it is really treason.)
Duterte ordered the five police officials to report to the new PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and instructed the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to investigate for the case. According to Andanar, Napolcom has general supervision over the PNP and that only administrative cases will be filed. He added that the ultimate penalty they can give is dismissal of the officials involved from service.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella told reporters to wait for developments when asked if the president would apologize if his accusations were proven to be wrong.
Diaz and Loot, who are two of the five officials accused, said that they are open for investigation to clear their names in the issue. - AA, Kami Media