Duterte orders full investigation of sacked Bacolod cops

Published January 17, 2019, 6:01 PM

by Dhel Nazario, Jeffrey G. Damicog, and Rey G. Panaligan

By Aaron Recuenco

President Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct a full-blown investigation on the involvement of the sacked director of the Bacolod City police and four other police officials in Western Visayas.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Barangay Summit on Good Governance Region 11, held at the RMC Petro Gazz Arena in Davao City on December 18, 2018. (KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said that the Chief Executive gave the order after the meeting between Duterte and the five police officials at the Malacanan Palace.

“The order of the President is to let them face the investigation. They will face investigation,” said Albayalde.

It was recalled that Duterte, during a speech in Bacolod City, openly announced his order to relieve Francisco Ebreo as the City police director over reports that he is involved in illegal drugs activities.

The intelligence report said that Ebreo is allegedly enabling the proliferation of illegal drugs in Bacolod City by protecting policemen who are allegedly involved in illegal drugs activities in Bacolod City.

Also relieved were Supt. Richie Makilan Yatar, Supt. Nasruddin Daud Tayuan, Senior Insp. Victor Paulino, and Senior Supt. Allan Macapagal.

Albayalde said that the investigation on the five police officials has already started.

The five officials denied the allegations being hurled against them.

“Of course they deny it, that is the reason why the President said that we should conduct a full-blown investigation here and if they will be found guilty, they will be discharged from the service,” said Albayalde,

It was recalled that Albayalde said that part of the information about the involvement of the five police officials came from the counter-intelligence of the PNP.

But he assured the five policemen that they would be given due process.