Who are the two generals whom Duterte described as involved in drugs?

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the plenary session of the 16th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club at the Polyana 1389 Hotel in Sochi, Russia on October 3, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

According to President Duterte on his forum in Sochi, Russia, there are two generals who are actively in the drug trade business.  

“And right now, even as I fly here and go back. There are two generals who are still playing with drugs,” he said on his forum with Russian President Vladimir Putin, world leaders, Russian officials, policy makers, international experts, academicians and journalist.

President Duterte didn’t give names about the two generals and didn’t identify if it’s a police or military.

Duterte made his disclosure after the head of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Gen. Oscar Albayalde’s name was mentioned by former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) head Benjamin Magalong.

Magalong testified that sometime ago, he, together with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino met with Albayalde in Manila Hotel and before every one of them, Albayalde asked Aquino not to implement an order dismissing his men involved in a controversial drug raid in Pampanga in 2013.

That raid reportedly netted a total of 160 million pesos worth of illegal drugs and about 35 million in cash. It likewise resulted to the arrest of a Chinese drug lord, a certain Johnson Lee.

Post-operation report by the group says they only recovered 100,000 pesos in cash, some kilos of shabu and failed to arrest Lee. An investigation made by the CIDG under Magalong however, revealed that Lee got away after leaving the 35 million pesos in the hands of the police operatives and those kilos of shabu were reportedly sold in the streets by these cops, all thirteen of them.

For their deed, these cops got their names Ninja–a pejorative term which means police cops who arrest drug suspects, bribe them and seize their contraband only to sell those drugs back to the streets.

“And I said, ‘Well, I told you do not destroy my country because it is being flooded with drugs,” Duterte said.

He asserted in the forum that not only drug traffickers were involved in drug war but also government officials.

“I’m not only fighting the corruption from the inside of government. I was fighting corruption and the trafficking of drugs even in my government. And that is why I had to do something very fast,” he said.

Duterte said that he would wait for the Senate to finish its investigation on the ninja cops before he acts on it before his leaving in Moscow.

Just a day or two ago, the palace revealed that Duterte has ordered a probe against Albayalde, even ahead of the conclusion of the drugs inquiry at the Senate.

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