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2 ‘narco’ generals set to be charged

The government has gathered strong evidence to pin down initially two police generals for alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade.

Former National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Joel D. Pagdilao and former Quezon City Police District director Chief Supt. Edgardo G. Tinio will be the first two “narco” generals to be charged this week, according to Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno.

“For the two, maybe I can already mention, Pagdilao and Tinio – Generals Pagdilao and Tinio – we are ready with the prima facie case against them, which I will sign when I get back to my office,” Sueno said in a Palace press briefing yesterday.

“We will come out with the cases to be filed against them in due time. So maybe we can wait until tomorrow. We will publish that tomorrow (Tuesday),” he added.

Charges are also being prepared against retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo on allegations that he was a protector of drug traffickers, Sueno said.

“As for Gen. Garbo, well, he is not in active duty right now. He is neither an elected official so the CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) will file cases against him,” he said. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)