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Duterte fires two ‘narco generals’

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President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the dismissal of two police generals following investigation into their alleged involvement in illegal drugs.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella announced the dismissal of National Capital Region Office head Police Director Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City police head Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio during a press conference in Malacañang on Monday.

“In line with the President’s promise to render the nation crime and corruption free, he has dismissed from service two presidential appointees who are officials of the Philippine National Police,” Abella said.

“A decision signed by the Executive Secretary last Thursday, has found Police Chief Superintendent Edgardo G. Tinio and Police Director Joel Pagdilao of the Philippine National Police administratively liable for serious neglect of duty and serious irregularity in the performance of duty, and have been duly dismissed,” he added.

“Evidence shows that both generals deliberately refused, without cause, to perform their duties as police officers resulting in the proliferation of the drug trade in their areas of jurisdiction. Thus, the President’s decision,” the spokesman further said.

Duterte earlier tagged Tinio and Pagdilao as among the narco generals in the Philippine National Police.