• Mar Roxas denied ties with 5 police officers tagged by Pres. Duterte as coddlers of drug syndicates
• Roxas slammed online sites and media outlets that branded the police officials as “Roxas Generals”
• The defeated presidential candidate made it clear that there are no “Roxas Generals”
Defeated Liberal Party presidential bet Mar Roxas slammed reports linking him to the 5 active and retired police officers who were accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of coddling illegal drug syndicates.
GMA News Online said Roxas, a former Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), denied that some of the high-ranking police officers with alleged links to narcotics trade helped him in his unsuccessful presidential bid during the May 9 elections.
“Nakarating po sa aking atensiyon na may ilang online site at traditional media outlet na nagbabansag sa ilang heneral bilang ‘Roxas Generals.’ Kahit wala namang malinaw na batayan, pinalalabas na nangampanya sila para sa akin noong nakaraang eleksiyon,” Roxas said.
[It has come to my attention that there are several online sites and traditional media outlets that branded some generals as “Roxas Generals.” Despite the absence of any clear basis, it has been insinuated that they campaigned for me during the last elections]
He added: “Lilinawin ko po: Walang Roxas Generals. Ang mga pinangalanang heneral ay hindi naging bahagi ng aking kampanya. Kung nakipag-ugnayan man ako sa kanila, ito ay bilang bahagi ng pagtupad ko sa aking tungkulin noong kalihim ako sa DILG.”
[Let me make it clear: There are no Roxas Generals. The generals named were not part of my campaign. If I ever coordinated with them, it was part of my duty when I was the secretary of DILG]
In a speech during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air force at the Clark in Pampanga airfield, President Duterte named Police Director Joel Pagdilao, Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio, Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz, retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo and retired Chief Supt. Vicente Loot as coddlers of syndicates involved in the illegal drug trade.
At the height of the election campaign season in April this year, Diaz and Garbo were allegedly spotted by several reporters in a closed-door meeting with supporters of Mar Roxas at a hotel located in Araneta Center in Quezon City.