MANILA - Dismissed police generals Joel Pagdilao and Edgardo Tinio could face criminal charges if investigators find enough evidence that they directly participated in the narcotics trade, the Philippine National Police said Tuesday.
Pagdilao, former head of the Metro Manila police, and Tinio, former Quezon City police chief, were earlier tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte as drug protectors.
Malacañang announced Monday that the 2 officials have been dismissed after being found administratively liable for serious neglect of duty and serious irregularity in the performance of their duties.
"Iyung pagpapabaya po nila contributed doon sa pagkalat ng droga. Ngayon po, iyung possible na criminal na kaso is their participation," PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos told DZMM.
"Ang atin po d'yan is [find] enough evidence that will warrant charges before the criminal court."
(Their neglect of duty contributed to the spread of illicit drugs. Their possible criminal case will concern their participation in the narcotics trade. Our task there is to find enough evidence that will warrant charges before the criminal court.)
The 2 officials have denied their alleged links to narcotics syndicates.
They are free to file a motion for reconsideration before the Office of the President to overturn their dismissal, said Carlos.
Carlos said the National Police Commission continues to investigate 3 other police officials who were also tagged as "narco-generals" by Duterte, including Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz, and retired Chief Superintendents Vicente Loot and Marcelo Garbo.