- Ret. Gen. and former senatorial bet Samuel Pagdilao defended his brother Chief Supt. Joel Pagdilao
- He said his brother’s record will speak for himself
- President Rodrigo Duterte accused Joel and four others of being involved in the illegal drugs trade
Former senatorial bet Samuel Pagdilao defended his brother Chief Supt. Joel Pagdilao on the accusation that he is involved in the illegal drugs trade; saying that the latter’s good track record and accomplishments would speak for himself.
“Joel’s record will speak for himself. He has arrested numerous big time drug personalities and seized volumes of drugs as director of QCPD (Quezon City Police District) and NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office). This is on record,” Samuel Pagdilao told GMA News in a text message.
Samuel is a retired Filipino police officer who served in the House of Representatives from 2013 to 2016. He used to work as the director general of the Philippine National Police (PNP); holding multiple positions and receiving a number of distinctions and recognition during his 34-year stint as a police officer. Likewise, his brother has been in service for over three decades.
“In his 32 years, he has not been linked nor charged for any involvement in drugs. Against this backdrop, what are the evidence stacked against him?” Samuel noted.
On Tuesday, July 5, President Rodrigo Duterte named Joel as one of the top police generals allegedly involved in protecting the illegal drugs trade. Aside from him, the others accused were former Philippine National Police Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr., retired Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot, Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz of Police Regional Office 6, and former Quezon City Police District director Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio.
Meanwhile, as Samuel expressed support on Duterte’s campaign against drugs and promotion of peace and order in the country, he confidently stated that his brother will eventually clear his name.
“Just like anybody, my brother is entitled to his day in court and I am positive that he will be given this and eventually clear himself. Let’s pray that God will ferret out the truth,” he said.