Testimonial and documentary evidence vs 'narco-generals'

Pieces of testimonial and documentary evidence against the five 'narco-generals' are already in the hands of President Rodrigo Duterte.

But MalacaƱang refused to make it public pending investigations.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar told reporters that the testimonial and documentary evidence were the basis of the President in naming the police officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs on Tuesday.

During the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) in Clark, Pampanga, the chief executive named Director General Marcelo Garbo, Jr.; Police Director Bernardo Diaz; former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Joel Pagdilao; Quezon City Police Director Edgardo Tinio and retired general Vicente Loot, who is now mayor of Daanbantayan town in Cebu, as as protectors of drug syndicates in the country.

In his speech, Duterte said “At this time, I ordered them relieved from their assignments and report to the Director General. I would like to talk to them but certainly I would expect the Police Commission to do their thing. Imbestihagan ninyo ito at huwag ninyo akong bigyan ng zarzuela na ano. Hanapin ninyo ang totoo (Investigate on this. I do not want you to give me a farce report. Find out the truth).”

“It’s going to be a dirty fight, a bloody fight, I am not apologizing for it,” the President said, referring to the war against the illegal drugs trade.

Saying he was compelled by a sense of duty, Duterte underscored, “Hindi ako uurong dito and I will stake my honor, my life and even the presidency, kaya kong bitawan yan,” adding that “the drive against crime, drugs and criminality will continue.”

He ordered the suspension of those who are still active in the service from their respective assignments.

Meanwhile, Andanar said that as of now, the pieces of testimonial and documentary evidence against the narco-generals remain confidential as it may affect the outcome of the administrative and criminal charges to be filed against them.