PNP Drug Enforcement Group chief relieved of post over alleged arrest cover-up
MANILA, Philippines — Police Brig. Gen. Narciso Domingo, head of the Philippine National Police – Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG), has been relieved of his post, according to PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo.
Fajardo, in a text message to INQUIRER.net on Thursday, confirmed that Domingo was relieved as PDEG Director.
“Yes po he was relieved as Director, PDEG,” Fajardo said.
Fajardo also said that Brig. Gen. Faro Antonio Olaguera, who used to head the PNP Legal Service, would replace Domingo.
Domingo was dragged into controversy after his name surfaced as one of the high-ranking police officials who allegedly tried to cover up the arrest of anti-narcotics operative Police M/Sgt. Rodolfo Mayo in October, 2022.
Mayo was apprehended during an anti-drug raid in Tondo, Manila, where 990 kilograms of crystal meth or shabu, with a street value of P6.7 billion, were seized.
Last Monday, Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. shared closed circuit television (CCTV) camera footage of Domingo and other high-ranking police officials entering an establishment where Mayo and several bags and luggage were brought.
After a discussion between Domingo and the other high-ranking police officials, Col. Michael Angelo C. Salmingo and Col. Julian Olonan who were part of the group, joined Mayo in a vehicle.
Abalos then asked 10 police officials involved, including Domingo, to go on leave. Domingo, for his part denied any cover-up, assuring the leadership that they would comply with the order.