9 PNP Generals Dismissed Over Involvement in Illegal Drug Trade in the Philippines

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has dismissed the nine (9) generals allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade in the Philippines tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte.

President Rodrigo Duterte’s nine high-ranking police officials identified in his previous State of the Nation (SONA) address are no longer with the Philippine National Police (PNP). This is what Secretary Eduardo Año of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) replied when asked about the alleged police generals involved in the illegal drug trade in the country.

9 PNP Generals Dismissed

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According to Año, such cops have been dismissed from service since 2016, and their drug ties have been examined. He further stated that they are facing criminal charges in court.

“Matagal na natin na-address ‘yan… yung PNP generals, wala na sa serbisyo lahat ‘yun. ‘Yung iba may mga kaso pang hinaharap,” Año said.

Local government leaders, including governors and mayors, have also been prosecuted with administrative and criminal charges for their involvement in illegal substances, according to Año. He went on to say that the dynamic between drug lords, politicians, and officials has changed.

“Yan ang pagkakaiba, kung noong araw…natatakot ang tao sa drug lords saka mga politicians na may koneksyon sa drug lord, ngayon baligtad. Sila na ‘yung tinutugis natin at sila ‘yung natatakot at nagtatago,” the secretary added.

Meanwhile, the DILG chief said that, in accordance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order, an investigation into a police colonel involved in the importation of a high-powered Russian-made AK-47 automatic rifle and a civilian accomplice is underway with the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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