PINILI, ILOCOS NORTE - The parents of former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Joel Pagdilao dismissed Wednesday President Rodrigo Duterte's allegation that their son is a protector of drug lords.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Anunciacion Pagdilao came to the defense of her son, saying she and her husband had instilled fear of God in the police official and their other children.
"It is really shocking and we are really surprised. As parents, we nurtured them to be God-fearing and do their job well," she said of Duterte's accusation.
She added that the former NCRPO head had actively campaigned against illegal drugs even before he rose in the police ranks.
Her husband, Samuel Sr., said that investigation into the case should be fair so that their son could clear his name.
The Pagdilao couple had alternately served as mayor of Pinili, Ilocos Norte for decades.
The family patriarch was elected again as the town's local chief executive last May.
Chief Supt. Pagdilao was was among five officials publicly accused by Duterte on Tuesday of protecting drug networks.
The others were Chief Superintendents Edgardo Tinio and Bernardo Diaz, and retired Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot and Marcelo Garbo.
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Pagdilao said there is no truth to the President's allegation, adding that he is willing to undergo a lifestyle check to clear his name.
"Wala pong katotohanan na ako po'y protektor ng ilegal na droga. Imbes po ay tayo po ay lumaban diyan. Matagal na po tayong lumalaban sa ilegal na droga," Pagdilao said.
The National Police Commission is investigating the three active-duty officials.
Loot, who was elected as mayor of Daanbantayan town in Cebu last May, will be investigated by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). State prosecutors at the Department of Justice will handle Garbo's case. -- Report from Dennis Agcaoili, ABS-CBN News Ilocos
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