MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has sacked the police chief and 4 officers of Bacolod, Negros Occidental due to their alleged involvement in the narcotics trade, Malacañang said Sunday.
Duterte, during a speech in the city, singled out Bacolod police chief Senior Supt. Francis Ebreo over his supposed drug links, according to a Palace statement.
"I’d like to know if the chief of police is here. If you are here kindly stand up because you are fired as of this moment," the President was quoted as saying in the statement.
The President also said 4 officials -- whom he identified as Superintendents Tayuan and Yatar, Senior Insp. Macapagal, and Victor Paulino -- "are out".
The police officers, whom Duterte accused of protecting a drug ring, were ordered to report to the President's office on Monday.
Ebreo, Macapagal and Paulino were also transferred to the regional police Personnel Holding & Accounting Unit, according to a reassignment order seen by ABS-CBN News.
A separate reassignment order designated Senior Supt. Henry Farnaso Biñas as office-in-charge of the Bacolod police.
The Philippine National Police on Saturday also relieved all police officers, including the chief, of the Daanbantayan station due to poor performance in the anti-drug campaign.