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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, January 22, 2019
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Explain drug links, cops told


The National Police Commission in Region 6 has ordered Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo and three other police commissioned officers formerly assigned at the Bacolod City Police Office, to explain allegations that they were involved in illegal drugs.

Ebreo, Supts. Allan Macapagal and Ritchie Yatar, as well as Senior Inspector Victor Paulino, except for Supt. Nassrudin Tayu-an, who is now assigned in Region 12, appeared yesterday at the NAPOLCOM regional office, after being summoned by Joseph Celis, the regional director.

Celis said he required them to submit letters of explanation in response to accusations against them.

Ebreo, Macapagal, Yatar and Paulino, were immediately relieved from the BCPO after being linked to illegal drugs by President Rodrigo Duterte. Tayu-an, however, had already been transferred from BCPO to Police Regional Office 12 when the announcement was made by Duterte on January 12 at L ‘Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City.

Celis said they are determining the background of the accusations against them, to ferret out the truth, but assured them of being accorded due process.

Ebreo and three others, except for Tayu-an, are now presently assigned at the PRO6 Regional Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit in Iloilo City, pending their investigations.

Celis told Bombo Radyo that the former BCPO officials raised observations and circumstances behind allegations against them, including the aspect of politics, drug personalities in Negros, and enforcement of duty hours for the police.

He added that their investigation will be parallel to the probe being conducted by the Philippine National Police.

Celis reminded BCPO personnel to avoid being the subject of any suspicions by entertaining individuals with questionable backgrounds.*


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