THE dismissal from service of Police Master Sergeant Rodolfo Mayo Jr., who earlier yielded illegal drugs in his lending office, has been approved, said Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Colonel Jean Fajardo on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.

Fajardo said PNP Chief Rodolfo Azurin Jr. approved Mayo’s dismissal order on March 6. It was recommended by the Internal Affairs Service after Mayo was found guilty of grave misconduct and conduct unbecoming of a police officer.

Fajardo said Mayo is currently detained in Camp Bagong Diwa over his criminal case for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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Mayo was arrested during a drug bust in Quiapo, Manila on October 9, 2022. He was then a member of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group's Special Operations Unit in the National Capital Region.

The operation stemmed from the arrest of a drug suspect identified as Ney Saligumba Atadero during a drug bust in Tondo, Manila on October 8.

Recovered from Atadero were over 990 kilograms of shabu with an estimated value of P6.7 billion.

During the investigation, Atadero revealed to police that more illegal drugs can be found inside a lending company office, the Wealth and Personal Development Lending Inc., in Sta. Cruz, Manila, The company is owned by Mayo.

Found inside the office were two kilograms of shabu with an estimated street value of P13.6 million.

Mayo’s arrest prompted Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos Jr. to call for the courtesy resignation of all full-fledged police colonels and generals after it was found that some of them were involved in the illegal drug trade. (SunStar Philippines)