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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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Councilor, 5 fired cops
not on PDEA watchlist


The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Western Visayas does not have any records that the Bacolod police chief and four other policemen fired by President Rodrigo Duterte Saturday have links to illegal drugs, PDEA-6 spokesperson David Garcia said yesterday.

They also do not have any records of Bacolod Councilor Ricardo “Cano” Tan being involved in the drug trade, he is not on their watchlist, he added.

But since they were all linked by the President, Garcia said the PDEA-6 would conduct an investigation and file necessary charges should the evidence warrant.

Duterte, in his speech at a private birthday party of Leo Rey Yanson, president and chief executive officer of Vallacar Transit, in Bacolod City on Saturday night, said he was firing Bacolod police director, Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, and Senior Supt. Allan Rubi Macapagal, Supt. Richie Makilan Yatar, Supt. Nasruddin Daud Tayuan and Senior Insp. Victor Paulino for allegedly allowing the proliferation of drugs in Bacolod.

He also linked Bacolod No. 1 Councilor Ricardo “Cano” Tan to the drug trade.

Garcia said following the announcement of the President, the PDEA 6 officer-in-charge Alex Tablate had their records checked to determine if the five cops and the councilor were on their list of persons with drug links and the results were negative.

“We have no records against them, it was negative. However, the PDEA records are not conclusive,” the PDEA spokesman said.

“We respect what he (Duterte) says, he is the president of the republic and we can assume that the president does not rely on one source,” he said.

“If the six are not in our records, it means the president relied on other intelligence sources, the government has a lot of other intelligence units,” Garcia added.

Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, Western Visayas police director, on Saturday said he was surprised by the inclusion of Ebreo in the President’s list because “all the while I was trusting him about our campaign against illegal drugs, in fact he has been delivering substantial accomplishments.”

“But I have to investigate and follow the instructions of the President because he must have a basis for announcing these names,” he also said.

Bulalacao said the scheduled meeting of Ebreo with the president at Malacañang yesterday afternoon has been moved to today.*


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