Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa immediately sacked all members of the Quezon City Police’s anti-illegal drugs unit and sent them to Mindanao on the day he assumed office last Friday.
Dela Rosa ordered the relief of members of the Quezon City Police District’s Anti-Illegal Drug Unit (QCPD-DAID), including its head Chief Inspector Roberto Razon, and transfer to different Mindanao provincial
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier identified two former QCPD chiefs as protectors of drug syndicates—Police Director Joel Pagdilao and Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio.
Pagdilao was also ordered relieved as the director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) effective July 1.
Dela Rosa’s classmate at the Philippine Military Academy Chief Supt. Oscar Albayalde replaced Pagdilao.
The relieved anti-narcotics operatives will be assigned to the regional police offices of Zamboanga, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Caraga.
The relief order was signed by Chief Supt. Fernando Mendez Jr., chief of the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management, and Chief Supt. Ramon Apolinario, Chief of the Directorial Staff.
Disgruntled members of DAID, however, are complaining about the transfer order, saying that it is unfair for Dela Rosa to assume that all QCPD-DAID personnel are involved in illegal drugs.