Despite being a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, broadcaster Ramon Tulfo is on the fence whether the Chief Executive was correct in implicating retired Philippine National Police Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo to the illegal drug trade because of his reputation as a disciplinarian.
In his Philippine Daily Inquirer column published Thursday (July 7), Tulfo said he knew Garbo, who had the nickname “Bogart” to be a “morally upright man” who “didn’t tolerate indiscipline among his subordinates when he was director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).”ates when he was director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).”
As the host of the popular TV show “Isumbong Mo Kay Tulfo,” the broadcaster said he was witness to Garbo’s prompt response to citizens’ complaints regarding violations committed by his subordinates.
“He was always accessible to aggrieved ordinary citizens whom we accompanied either to his office at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan or to Camp Crame when he was later appointed PNP deputy director for administration,” Tulfo said of Garbo.
Citing information from the three-star police official’s subordinates, the broadcaster said Garbo was also “harsh to criminals in areas where he was assigned.”
Due to his knowledge of Garbo’s character, Tulfo said he cannot help but withhold judgment on whether or not Duterte was right in implicating the police official in the drug trade.
But then again, the broadcaster conceded that he doesn’t have all the resources at Duterte’s disposal, which might have led the President to tag Garbo as a coddler of drug syndicates.
“I’m writing this piece as I know Bogart from my dealings with him as a columnist and host of ‘Isumbong’; he was a professional,” Tulfo said.
“If Bogart did what the President accuses him of, then he should be punished severely.
Nobody should be spared in the fight against illegal drugs and criminality. But if he’s found innocent later on, then apologies to him are in order,” he added.
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