APOELLO JUSTICE, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, is preparing to bring its head in the sack.
The agency’s drug squad chief, Rodrigo De Leon, has quit, along with the rest of his team, in the wake of a probe that alleges the agency is involved in the murder of drug lord Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, according to the Inquirer.
Duterte has been under investigation for crimes against humanity and drug trafficking since his presidency.
De Leon, the agency’s deputy chief, said he had no choice but to resign from the job because he had not met the required standards.
He was replaced by a younger and more experienced official.
The probe was launched in January after a series of suspected drug trafficking and extortion crimes against Duterte were discovered by a journalist for an investigative newspaper.
An investigation by an independent agency concluded that De Leon committed the crimes by working as an agent for the Philippine government.
He has been charged with multiple counts of murder and other crimes against public order, as well as crimes against the Constitution.
A statement from De Leon’s office said the agency “does not condone nor recognize the use of violence, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion or coercion of any kind by any of its agents, officers, employees or contractors in the course of the investigation and prosecution.”
He said he has resigned from the agency and will not be returning to his post.
“The conduct of my agency during the investigations and the proceedings is a serious matter of concern for me and my family,” De Leon said.
“I take full responsibility for the serious violations of the Constitution, the laws and the Constitution.”
The agency was set up to combat illegal drugs.
In February, Duterte’s predecessor as president, Benigno Aquino III, appointed De Leon to head the agency, the Inquirre reported.
He is the first official to be removed from his post by the Duterte administration.
After the Inquirma story was published, Duterte announced that he was appointing a new drug czar.
“I am announcing my appointment of a new Drug Czar to lead the Philippine National Police, an agency which will be fully accountable for the safety of our citizens,” Duterte said.
Meanwhile, Duterte has also ordered a probe into the deaths of six policemen who were killed in a police raid in Davao last week.
Duterte has said the death of the officers was caused by an illegal drug shipment.