BACOLOD City – President Rodrigo Duterte named a Bacolod City Councilor, the police chief here, and four other police officials as alleged protectors of the illegal drug trade.
Mr. Duterte arrived here unannounced evening of Jan 12, 2019 to attend the birthday of Leo Rey Yanson, whose family owns Cere Bus operator Vallacar Transit Inc., at L’Fisher Hotel.
Guests attending the birthday party were stunned after Pres. Duterte named five high-ranking police officers of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) and a city councilor of having alleged links to the illegal drugs in the city.
Duterte identified the police officers as Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, OIC-Director of BCPO; Supt. Allan Macapagal, deputy BCPO chief for operation, Supt. Richie Yatar; Supt. Nassrudin Tayuan, former team leader of the City Drugs Enforcement Unit; and Senior Insp. Victor Paulino, former chief of Police of Station 3.
“I’d like to know if the chief of police is here. If you are here kindly stand up because you are fired as of this moment,” the President was quoted as saying in a statement released by Malacañang.
Pres. Duterte also tagged Bacolod City Councilor Ricardo Tan as number four in his list of suspected narco-politicians.
Tan could not be reached for comment as of press time.
Ebreo told the Daily Guardian in a text message that “In due time, truth will prevail.”
Following what the guests described as a “bombshell revelation,” Police Regional Office-6 (PRO-6) director, Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, immediately ordered the relief of the five top BCPO cops and reassigned them to the Regional Police Holding and Accounting Unit while the investigation is ongoing.
The five were reportedly directed by President Duterte to report first to Malacañang today, Jan 14, 2019.
Bulalacao said replacing Senior Supt. Henry Biñas will serve as officer-in-charge of the BCPO.
Bulalacao in an initial interview by reporters said he never expected Ebreo to be linked to illegal drugs.
He said someone may have been spreading “destructive information” against Ebreo.
Ebreo has been doing well as acting BCPO director, Bulalacao said.
He added that Ebreo did not ignore the problem of illegal drugs and illegal gambling in the city, but he would nonetheless call for an investigation and will follow the order of the President.
Bulalacao also clarified that of the five police officer s named by President Duterte only four are under PRO-6 as Tayuan is no longer in Western Visayas.