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    WILLING TO WAIVE Retired chief superintendent Vicente Loot, now mayor of a Cebu town, airs his side before reporters at Camp Crame on Thursday. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

    WILLING TO WAIVE Retired chief superintendent Vicente Loot, now mayor of a Cebu town, airs his side before reporters at Camp Crame on Thursday. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

    RETIRED chief superintendent Vicente Loot has expressed willingness to sign a bank waiver to clear his name, after being accused by President Rodrigo Duterte as a protector of drug syndicates.

    Loot, now the mayor of Daanbantayan town in Cebu, showed up Thursday night at the Camp Crame (Quezon City) headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to air his side before the new police chief, Director General Ronaldo “Bato” de la Rosa.

    But de la Rosa was in Malacañang to attend a security briefing on the illegal drug problem, so Loot poured his heart out before reporters covering Camp Crame, deploring what he described as an ongoing “trial by publicity” against him and four other police generals linked to drug syndicates.

    “Mistula akong tuta na pinakawalan sa gubat at ngayon ay hinahabol ng halimaw at hindi alam kung saan susuling [I’m like a puppy let loose in the woods, being chased by the wolves and with nowhere to hide],” Loot said.

    He, however, said he had no right to question the President, but appealed to de la Rosa and Ismael Sueno, the secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, to let him explain before Duterte.

    “Sana lang ay huwag nang maulit ang ganitong pangyayari sa iba, na nauna pang ikondena sila ng publiko kaysa hanapan muna sila ng ebidensya at isalang sa paglilitis [I hope this does not happen to others, that they are condemned by the public first before evidence is found and they are brought to court],” Loot added.

    Aside from him, President Duterte identified as drug syndicate protectors retired deputy director general Marcelo Garbo Jr.; Director Joel Pagdilao, former chief of the National Capital Regional Police Office; and chief superintendents Edgardo Tinio and Bernardo Diaz.

    In a statement on Friday, Sueno vowed to keep an eye on the case of the five police generals, as he ordered the PNP chief to conduct a lifestyle check on the entire police force.
    Sueno, who has the power to investigate local government executives, said he met with Loot on Friday morning.

    He added that he had instructed his lawyers to build a strong case against Loot.
    “I have given instructions to them [lawyers]to gather as much evidence as they could to determine the culpability or innocence of the generals, and if the evidence warrants, to build a solid case against them [generals],” Sueno said.

     

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    4 Comments

    1. Is’nt it quite prophetic how the lowly peons being silenced by the cadres of the Drug Bosses. DU30 is right that there are protectors in high places of military/police. KILL THEM DU30 don’t be soft hearted; else they will kill you and the good start you made will all be gone into waste. Remember these people protector of drug schemes have sold their souls to Lucifer and you are the GABRIEL authorized by high heavens to redeem their souls….so KILL THEM NOW.

    2. He added that he had instructed his lawyers to build a strong case against Loot.
      “I have given instructions to them [lawyers] to gather as much evidence as they could to determine the culpability or innocence of the generals, and if the evidence warrants, to build a solid case against them [generals],” Sueno said.
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      Might want to do that before you name them over the media in the future,

      • Bonifacio Claudio on

        Didn’t Du30 said that all around us we see the stupendous devastation caused by prevalence of illegal drugs?! Who could have controlled illegal drugs but the “authorities” concerned? Who could have protected the perpetrators of drug pushing except the “authorities” concerned — so much so that there emerged rampant use of illegal drugs in all walks of life? And Du30 asked us — “in this perspective, TELL ME IF I’M WRONG” !!! Du30 was elected by the majority who are unanimous in walking behind Him declaring the great saying “I go with you when you are RIGHT…”

      • I have no problem with Duterte taking down the dealers and their protectors.

        If you read the one sentence i wrote it said to gather the evidence and arrest them before you publicly name and shame them. It serves no purpose to name them without having already arrested and charged them.