Palace won't release evidence vs cops tagged in drug trade yet

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 06 2016 01:18 PM

President Duterte graces the 69th Philippine Air Force Founding Anniversry at the Air Force City, Clark Air Base, Pampanga on Tuesday. Malacanang Photo

MANILA – Malacañang will not release, for now, the pieces of evidence against the police generals named by President Rodrigo Duterte as protectors in the illegal drug trade.

Palace communications secretary Martin Andanar said releasing the pieces of evidence at this point would jeopardize the ongoing investigation against the implicated generals.

"The evidence (documentary or testimonial) against the named generals should not be released yet as it may prejudice the administrative and criminal investigation/s and case/s against them,'' Andanar said.

''A premature release through the media may also violate the constitutional right to due process of those involved," said Andanar.

Duterte on Tuesday named Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr. (retired), Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot (retired), Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz, Director Joel Pagdilao, and Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio as the police generals involved in the illegal drug trade.

''Itong mga ito, after so many validations, even when I was still mayor of Davao City, lumalabas na itong mga pangalang ito. Talagang lumalabas na," Duterte said.

He said that as President, he is compelled by a sense of duty to name the police officials who have "contributed to the deterioration of the law and order of this country."

In separate interviews, the police officials tagged in the drug trade denied the accusations and decried the supposed lack of due process.