News Release

President Duterte fires Bacolod Chief of Police

BACOLOD CITY — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Saturday, January 12, axed Bacolod City Chief of Police Francis Ebreo for his involvement in illegal drugs.

“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 said in his speech at the L’Fisher Hotel here.

“In your involvement in drugs and making the people of Bacolod miserable, I am relieving and dismissing you from the service as of now, Senior Superintendent Francis Ebreo,” he said.

The Chief Executive also announced the dismissal of four other police officials.

“Then you have Superintendent Tayuan… And Superintendent Yatar… And there is Victor Paulino, police SI… Macapagal, you are out,” he said.

President Duterte ordered the police officers to report to his office on Monday at 2 p.m.

According to the President, the policemen are protecting the drug syndicate in the city.

“But these persons that I have mentioned have something to do with the interest of the city…you are protecting, or you are in cahoots with the drug syndicate in the city,” he said.

President Duterte attended the birthday celebration of Leo Rey Yanson here.

Yanson expressed gratitude to the President for gracing his birthday celebration. ###PND