By: Elena Grace Flores
Former Director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency or PDEA, Dionisio Santiago cleared Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio, the former chief of the Quezon City Police District or QCPD, who was accused by President Duterte of coddling illegal drug syndicates – after he personally investigated the General. His background check and various reliable testimonies proved that the accusation was wrong
All his ‘mistahs’ vouched for his integrity or his classmates at the Philippine Military Academy (Class 1985). Their counter checking of Tinio concluded that he is clean from illegal drugs involvement. He was probably implicated when he received the jueteng grease money not knowing that the operator is also involved with illegal drugs trade.
A certain Agcaoili, Tinio’s subordinate, was the one who delivered protection money to Tinio allegedly from jueteng operators in Pampanga province. Again, this is not a direct knowledge as well so, can very well be hearsay.
Santiago was convinced that Duterte’s intelligence team just got pressured and submitted names of high ranking officials supposed to be involved in illegal drugs without thorough verification
He’s a good operator,” Santiago said. “But those tasked to produce the names of police officials should not let politics or other motives get in the way of their work because lives are at stake here,” he added.
Santiago, whom the President supported in his failed bid for a Senate seat in the May 9 elections, said that Tinio had sought an audience with him.
This one lapse of Duterte’s people really did prove that the president could be wrong with his allegations. Aside from Tino, retired Deputy Director Gen. Marcelo Garbo; retired Chief Supt. now Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot; Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz were also accused before conducting counter-checking on the report. This has also discouraged Mayor Tomas Osmena in Cebu who vouched for Garbo’s reputation.