• There’s enough evidence to pin down police offficials
  • Napolcom looking into unexplained wealth of accused
  • Pagdilao, Tinio deny charges in counter-affidavit

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has yet to specify its findings on three police officials named by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as suspected protectors of drug syndicates, but it claims to have found “pieces of evidence” that indicate probable cause for their indictment.

Napolcom vice chairman Rogelio Casurao revealed that initial investigation and documents gathered on the case have indicated that Police Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio were liable for “non-performance of duties”; cited by the Napolcom investigating team as a “form of protection and coddling.”

As to the third accused police official, Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz, Casurao said the Napolcom investigating team still awaits more evidence that will be thoroughly confirmed and verified. An important aspect of the investigation of the three accused police officials includes a scrutiny of the three accused police officials’ Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN), Income Tax Returns (ITR) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) records, which will be taken as further evidence of the three’s sudden accumulation of wealth.

The prosecution of the three police officials, the first to be exposed for their alleged involvement in the drug trade by President Duterte, himself, has drawn widespread attention; being a “litmus test” on the presidential resolve to finally rid the government of wrong-doers, especially among high-ranked politicians and law enforcement officials.

Meanwhile, Pagdilao and Tinio have vehemently denied the charge; presenting to the Napolcom investigating team their counter-affidavits that declared their innocence.

Tinio’s 41-page counter-affidavit had listed his accomplishments, including the arrest of more than 1,600 personalities involved in the drug trade, “some of whom sentenced to life imprisonment.”  Tinio’s presented documents also showed that he was able to neutralize the top 129 drug personalities supposedly while acting as the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) chief, accorded recognition by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Authority (PDEA) director for “successful conduct of high impact operations and high value targets.”

Teary eyed and sobbing when interviewed on television, Tinio challenged his accuser to appear before him and President Duterte to “look at me straight on the eye” to show who is telling the truth. Claiming he was framed by a jealous batchmate from the Philippine Military Academy, Tinio said: “Nawala ang drive ko, nanlambot ang aking buong pagkatao. Sinasabi ko sa ating President, kung siya’y totoong magbibigay ng buhay para sa bayan, ako rin, handa akong mamatay para sa aking Bayan.”

“I never did what they accuse me of. I never dippled my finger in criminality,” Tinio added.