4 discharged, 1 dead AFP personnel on Duterte’s drug list
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday said that four of its men mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte who are allegedly linked to the illegal drugs trade have already been discharged from service.
The AFP said that reports from their various units said that Cpl Alfrenz Gurias Abedin, PFC Dalimama Ipad, PFC Philip Miro and CAFGU Casimiro Castro have been discharged “for sometime now.”
Arevalo said that they are yet to ascertain the exact date of discharge of the four former AFP personnel.
On the other hand, the AFP said that Retired Brigadier General Leoncio Daniega, who also appeared on Duterte’s “drug list,” has been dead since May 8, 2010. Daniega, according to the records from the AFP Pensions and Gratuity Management Center, had retired from the service since December 1994.
The AFP is still validating whether there are SSg Vic Dela Cruz and Cpl Cusinan Lopez in its roster.
AFP Chief of Staff General Ricardo Visaya reiterated his support for Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.
“The AFP reiterates its unwavering support to the crackdown on illegal drugs. We pledge our full cooperation in tracking down drug suspects and in assisting the Philippine National Police in its law enforcement operations.”
“Rest assured that we will exhaust all efforts to cleanse our ranks and ensure that a high standard of discipline and professionalism is enforced,” Visaya said.
Last Saturday, Duterte named more than 150 active and retired officials from the executive, legislative, and judiciary departments who have alleged drug ties. RAM/rga
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