Last week President Rodrigo Duterte made good on his promise to name the five police officials allegedly acting as protectors of drug lords.
Named were retired PNP officials Marcelo Garbo and Vic Loot (now Daanbantayan mayor) and officers Joel Pagdilao, Bernardo Diaz and Eduardo Tinio.
All of those mentioned by the President denied any involvement in the illegal drug trade, and there are people who are saying that the President may have violated the rights of those mentioned.
But I am pretty sure that the President may have all the necessary evidence to back up his allegations, that’s why he was so bold in naming these personalities.
Last week the President also mentioned and identified big-time drug lords in our country headed by Wu Tuan alias Peter Co, Herbert Colangco, and Peter Lim of Cebu alias Jaguar.
Peter Co and Colangco are still imprisoned at the National Bilibid Prison.
In the case of Cebu’s Peter Lim, there is a bit of confusion on whether or not he is the Peter Lim that was once mentioned in a congressional inquiry here in Cebu.
One of Lim’s lawyers asserted that he is not the Peter Lim mentioned by the President because the Peter Lim that he knows is in our country and has not traveled abroad contrary to the President’s assertion.
A chart presented by President Duterte showed a triad headed by Peter Co, Colangco and Peter Lim that was supposedly protected and coddled by Marcelo Garbo.
In Cebu City, Mayor Tomas Osmeña said he won’t be surprised if he will be named by the President as a protector of some drug lords, and he will just defend himself from the allegations.
Funny that Osmeña used to accuse former mayor Michael Rama of being a drug user or drug dependent and even went on to the extent of saying that Rama is a drug coddler and protector.
What a twist of circumstances this is when Osmeña’s accusation of Rama as a drug addict isn’t supported by City Hall records that show that Rama tested negative for drug use.
It is expected that the President may name the mayors involved in the illegal drug trade either as a protector or coddler.
I think it is best for the President to name those generals in the PNP and the mayors involved so the perpetrators are warned in advance and they would immediately stop their crimes.
I also believe that the President has every means at his disposal to verify the information given to him.
His public naming of these police generals has scared those engaged in illegal drugs long enough for them to surrender.
In dismantling the illegal drug trade, drastic measures may be needed, and the President is therefore justified to name names.
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