Sacked Bacolod police officials got a dressing-down over drug allegations
President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his frustration to sacked Bacolod police chief Senior Supt. Francis Ebreo and four other cops for their lack of knowledge on the presence of certain personalities in Bacolod who are involved in the illegal drug industry.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement President Duterte castigated Ebreo, Supt. Allan Macapagal, Supt. Ritchie Yatar, Supt. Nassrudin Tayuan and Senior Insp. Victor Paulino Tuesday last week.
“PRRD gave the police officers a dressing down and castigated them for allowing the proliferation of illegal drugs to persist in Bacolod,” Panelo said.
He added Duterte also reminded the Bacolod cops that they are relieved from their present posts pending their investigation.
The President’s firing of the Bacolod cops is a warning to other cops that Duterte will not tolerate law enforcement officials involved in the drug trade, noted Panelo.
“This swift action of the President is a timely warning to other PNP (Philippine National Police) officers that the President will not tolerate incompetence and inefficiency in the police force, especially with respect to the administration’s crusade versus illegal drugs,” Panelo said.
Duterte had said Ebreo is a protector of illegal drug trade in Bacolod.
“Well, it seems to me that at the very least he’s a protector cop. He might not be into the trafficking business but he was really a protector,” Duterte said.
“I can’t believe that with all the information available to every chief of police or city police director for that matter assigned in the province that they would not review the record of the province in terms of criminality and drug trafficking. I think it was well-studied,” he added.
Duterte also mentioned Bacolod City Councilor Ricardo ‘Cano’ Tan who has been tagged by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency “almost a decade ago to be engaged in trafficking.”
“We take this occasion to reiterate PRRD’s position that he will support policemen resorting to force only when the same is inevitable as when, in the performance of their duties, a suspect sought to be arrested performs aggressive and violent resistance amounting to an actual or imminent threat to their lives and limbs,” Panelo said.#