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Policemen named in Duterte drug matrix relieved

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde relieved all officers tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte in the drug matrix he recently disclosed to the public.

They are Supt. Lorenzo Bacia, Senior Insp. Lito Pirote, Insp. Conrado Caragdag Jr., SPO4 Alejandro Gerardo Liwanag, and Senior Supt. Leonardo Suan.

The five were assigned to the PNP-Holding and Accounting Unit in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

The Holding and Accounting Unit is where relieved police officers were placed for monitoring purposes.

Failure to comply may result cause them to be declared as absent without official leave (AWOL), which could be a ground for their dismissal from service.

Duterte recently presented a drug matrix on October 10 showing the five active police officers, dismissed Senior Supt. Eduardo Acierto, and sacked Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) official Ismael Fajardo as part of a drug syndicate.

Duterte said the group was allegedly responsible for the smuggling of P6.8-billion worth of “shabu” into country.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino previously tagged Acierto, Fajardo, and resigned Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban behind the alleged smuggling of shabu. ROY NARRA


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