Defeated presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas said one of the retired police generals linked to drugs campaigned for President Rodrigo Duterte.
Roxas said retired Chief Superintendent now Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot supported Duterte as he denied that the five generals accused by the President to be involved in illegal drugs campaigned for him.
“Despite lacking any clear basis, the insinuation is that these individuals campaigned for me in the last election. To be clear: there are no Roxas Generals. The persons named were not part of my campaign. My professional working relationship with some of these individuals started when I took over the helm of DILG, and ended when I tendered my resignation in 2015,” Roxas, a former Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, pointed out.
“Ipapaalala ko lang po: Nagbitiw na ako bilang DILG secretary noong 2015 at wala nang pananagutan sa akin ang mga heneral [May I remind you that I resigned as DILG Secretary back in 2015, and that the generals no longer have an obligation to me].” One thing is certain: there are still those who attempt to smear my name and reputation, long after the campaign is done. I have trust and confidence in the real journalists and responsible members of media. Professionalism demands that they will not allow these websites to drive the news agenda on this issue,” Roxas added.
“During my tenure in the DILG, one of my priorities for the PNP was to escalate the fight against illegal drugs. Billions of pesos worth of illegal drugs were confiscated, and hundreds arrested and charged, in fulfillment of my directives,” he added.
“If there is any truth to the allegations that these people have anything to do with the drug trade or those who run it, I believe that the proper course of action is to file charges against them in accordance with due process, instead of engaging in innuendo and circulating rumors,” Roxas said.