NAPOLCOM requests presidential clearance for admin case vs. two PNP generals

The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) requested a presidential clearance to conduct formal hearing against two Police Generals Joel Duldulao Pagdilao and Edgardo Gonzales Tinio who are among the five generals named by President Rodrigo Duterte to have an alleged link to illegal drug trade.

The Commission's request was made through a letter submitted by its Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer, Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao, to the Office of the President (OP) through Executive Secretary Atty. Salvador C. Medialdea.

Casurao stated that the Commission, after conducting pre-charge investigation, found probable cause to warrant the filing of a formal charge against the respondents.

Pagdilao and Tinio will face the administrative complaint before the Commission En Banc on the grounds of serious neglect of duty, serious irregularity in the performance of duty, and conduct unbecoming of a police officer.

Under the law, a respondent who is a presidential appointee can only be subjected to summary proceeding after a clearance for such purpose is obtained from the OP.

The filing of complaint was approved through a resolution of the Commission En Banc signed by DILG Secretary Ismael D. Sueno, Casurao and four commissioners Felizardo M. Serapio, Jr., Job M. Mangente, Zenonida F. Brosas, and Police Director General Ronald M. Dela Rosa.

In a press briefing, Atty. Johnson G. Reyes, the Commission's Acting Staff Service Chief of its Inspection Monitoring and Investigation Service (IMIS), said that possible penalty of the aforesaid grave offenses is suspension to dismissal from service with accessory penalties such as removal of eligibility and benefits.

Reyes clarified that the Commission has no hand in criminal case. Retired Generals Marcelo Garbo Jr., Bernardo Diaz, and retired General and now Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot, who are among named by the President as "narco-generals", are thereby outside the jurisdiction of the Commission and under the purview of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Specific evidence were not divulged in the press briefing but he assured there is enough, circumstantial, and direct evidence for the administrative complaints.

In July, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has placed the five generals on its watch list in response to the lookout bulletin order (LBO) issued by the DOJ against them.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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