A former assistant regional director of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) primarily based in Davao City controls the multimillion-peso fund reportedly put aside by the Office of the President to reward cops who kill drug suspects, in keeping with a report written by a retired intelligence officer on extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in the Philippines.

Police Superintendent Edilberto Leonardo, a graduate of the Philippine National Police Academy Class of 1996, has allegedly been “performing covert acts for the funding of the EJK operations” on Duterte’s orders.

The 24-page report, elements of which have been cited by Reuters in its personal article on EJKs, mentioned Leonardo “can personally and directly secure the EJK funds which is handled by PRRD.”

The funds allegedly come from the President’s discretionary Social Fund, businessmen’s donations, jueteng, the PNP and Department of Interior and Local Government’s funds, in addition to from the companies managed by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco Jr.

According to the report, Leonardo had been tasked as early as March 2016 to put down the groundwork for the drug warfare.

From heading the CIDU, Leonardo was transferred to the National Capital Region Police Office and was subsequently assigned with the Manila Police District as station chief of Police Station 2.

The report claimed the police official has “direct orders” from Duterte and his son, Davao Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, to coordinate along with his classmates and schoolmates from the PNPA relating to the warfare on medication.

Even earlier than the drug warfare went on full swing when Duterte assumed workplace, Leonardo supposedly had put in place a reward system for cops in Metro Manila who will kill drug suspects.

The grant of money rewards ranging from P10,000 to as a lot as P5 million to policemen who neutralize those that are on the drug watch checklist ultimately unfold out to Central Luzon and Southern Luzon.

Source: politics.com.ph