DILG ready to file admin cases vs former Visayas top cop

ADMINISTRATIVE charges will soon be filed against former Western Visayas police director Bernardo Diaz for his alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade, Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno said Tuesday.

Sueno said the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has found probable cause to file charges against Diaz, who was among the three generals included in the narco list of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Sueno said the DILG is set to submit its recommendation against Diaz before the National Police Commission (Napolcom) within the week.

Two police officials -- former Quezon City Police District director Edgardo Tinio and former National Capital Region Police Office chief Joel Pagdilao -- included in Duterte's narco list are now facing administrative cases of serious neglect of duty, serious irregularities in the performance of duty, and conduct unbecoming of a police officer.

However, the Napolcom said there is no evidence that directly link Tinio and Pagdilao to illegal drugs activities.

In a related development, Sueno said that of the 50 local government officials included in Duterte's list, only 10 are under investigation.

He refused to identify the 10 officials but said they are all from the provinces.

"Sa tingin ko parang halfway pa lang kami. Some of our people have already gone to the provinces to inspect 'yung mga assets saka 'yung mga bank accounts nila (10 local officials)," Sueno said.

In August, Duterte named policemen, politicians, judges allegedly involved in drugs.

Sueno admitted that the DILG lacks in personnel to fast track the investigation.

"Sa ngayon 10 pa lang ang ini-investigate dahil sa kakulangan ng tao," he said. (Sunnex)
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