Duterte fires two PNP 'narco-generals'

MANILA, Philippines – Two top officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) named as 'narco-generals' by President Rodrigo Duterte have been sacked, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announced Monday, October 9.

They are former Quezon City police director Chief Superintenent Edgardo Tinio, and former Metro Manila police chief Director Joel Pagdilao.

"The decision, signed by the Executive Secretary last Thursday, has found [them] administratively liable for serious neglect of duty and serious irregularity in the performance [of their] duty and have been dismissed," Abella told reporters in a briefing.

Tinio and Pagdilao are perhaps the highest ranking policemen sacked for their supposed links to the drug trade. (READ: Generals to Duterte: We're not involved in illegal drugs)

Abella said they had a hand in the proliferation of drugs in their areas of responsibility because of "neglect" in performing their duties well. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.