Duterte eyes massive reshuffle in PNP, NBI

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

DAVAO CITY - Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he is eyeing a major reshuffle in the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies.

In a press briefing, Duterte said he will order the reshuffling of personnel in poorly performing police stations, saying he intends to make good on his campaign promise to curb criminality in 3 to 6 months.

"Kayong mga pulis maraming bakante dito, palitan na lang kayo. Kayong mga nasa Compostela Valley, Surigao, ilagay ko kayo pag ako na ang presidente. Kayong mga tiga-Manila dito kayo. Or you might want to be station commander sa Jolo,” he said.

"When I reshuffle, I don't reshuffle officers. Lahat from the chief of police down to janitor.”

Duterte particularly singled out the Pasay police after five people died of alleged drug overdose in a concert in SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City last Saturday.

"Yung mga pulis sa Pasay, yung intel sa inyo, yung unit niyo, there will be massive movement of people," he said.

He added he will also do the same to the National Bureau of Investigation and jail personnel manning the national penitentiary.

“There will be a massive reshuffle so I’m putting notice now to everybody, lahat kayong tiga-Muntinlupa, you ship out. Be ready, magbalot na kayo,” he said.

The mayor has often criticized the Aquino administration's management of the New Bilibid Prison, saying inmates had managed to set up drug laboratories inside the penitentiary.


In the press briefing, Duterte said he believes "a deadly mix" of uppers and downer may have caused the deaths of five people who attended the "Close Up Forever Summer" concert at the SM Mall of Asia over the weekend.

"It was a deadly mix intended to kill people,” he said.

"Kapag upper and downer, the brain would never know where to go, because hinaluan mo ng downer at pinasukan mo ng upper. Lumaki ang utak, di niya alam how to respond to the chemicals inside his brain.”

He blamed the police for failing to prevent the supposed entry of drugs in the venue.

“There is the national team and local police of Pasay. How come nakalusot ang bagay na iyon? It’s a failure of intelligence,” Duterte said.

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The fatalities were identified as Ariel Leal, 33; Lance Garcia, 26; Bianca Fontejon, 18; and a male American national, 33. The fifth victim, 18-year-old Ken Migawa, was earlier reported to be in critical condition, but also died Sunday night.

The victims were found unconscious at different parts of the SM Mall of Asia Open Concert Grounds during the concert organized by toothpaste brand Close-up.

Chief Insp. Rolando Baula, Pasay police investigation chief, said an autopsy showed Fontejon and Kigawa suffered massive heart attacks.

Wilfredo Tierra, NBI medico legal officer, said the autopsy showed that the victims suffered internal bleeding.

"There was bleeding of the internal organs, which is highly unusual. Almost all of the internal organs are involved. The brain, the lungs, liver, intestines, kidneys..."

A witness earlier said drugs were being sold during the concert.

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