FORMER Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy General Marcelo Garbo is allegedly a protector of drug lords and drug traffickers in the country.
Quoting President Duterte, Solicitor General Jose Calida made this revelation on Thursday during a press conference at Malacañang.
“According to briefing we received earlier, he’s level five associate, protector. In short, coddler,” Calida said.
“There are five levels depending on capability of drug pushers to sell. Level five is top tier of drug hierarchy,” he added.
Calida identified the top tier drug lords named by Duterte as Wu Tuan alias Peter Co, Peter Lim alias Jaguar and Herbert Colangco alias Ampang.
Co and Colangco are high profile inmates inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City while Lim was reportedly outside the country.
Co is the leader of the Bilibid 19, a group of drug convicts living a luxurious lifestyle inside the national penitentiary.
Citing intelligence information, Calida said Co handles the illegal drug trade in Luzon and National Capital Region (NCR).
“According to information, Peter Lim is outside the country and the President has warned him that if he steps in NAIA, he will be killed,” Calida said.
Lim is reportedly behind the illegal drug trade in the Visayas.
In a televised press briefing aired on state-run network PTV-4, Duterte showed a chart of drug personalities, mayors and others individuals involved in the illegal drug trade.
Duterte said that “on the line of structure is Marcelino Garbo,” whom he described as coddler of drug syndicates.
“Regarding Garbo, I think the DILG should take care of him,” he said. Garbo is now retired from the police service.
Duterte warned Co and Colangco not to escape from prison because they would surely die.
“Do not escape from prison, you will die,” he said.
He also warned Lim who, he said goes in and out of the Philippines, that he would die once he returns to the country.
“Somebody should tell him that he is wanted. The moment he lands at Naia, he will die,” he said.
“Do not come back to the Philippines anymore. The moment he steps out of the plane he will die; that is my assurance to the Filipino people,” he added.
The President said he was determined to end illegal drugs in the country.
“In due time, in the fullness of God’s time, we will solve the drug problems in the Philippines,” he said.
On Tuesday, Duterte named five top police officials allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.
Aside from Garbo, Duterte tagged Gen. Vicente Loot, Gen. Bernardo Diaz of Police Regional Office 6, former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Joel Pagdilao and former Quezon City Police District (QCPD) chief Edgardo Tinio.