'SAD DAY FOR HONESTY'
A retired police official branded as a drug coddler by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte has denied any wrongdoing, saying the chief executive was only misinformed.
In a text message to ABS-CBN News Wednesday, Retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr. said Duterte received wrong information from his allies.
"This is a sad day for those who believe in righteousness, integrity, and honesty. I believe the President was fed by people close to him with wrong and poison information," he said.
Garbo added that he is prepared to clear his name before Duterte himself.
"I'm willing to meet the president one-on-one regarding his accusations," he added.
Garbo, the last to state his side, was among five officials publicly accused by Duterte on Tuesday of protecting drug networks.
The others were Chief Superintendents Joel Pagdilao, Edgardo Tinio and Bernardo Diaz, and retired Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot.
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.
Garbo and Diaz were in the news during the elections for supposedly meeting with the camp of Duterte's rival, defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas.
Duterte has been waging war against drugs and has sought the help of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in his administration's "bloody fight" against scalawags in the police force, warning erring cops against placing themselves "in the line of fire."
He believes he has reiterated enough his advocacy to stop drugs, criminality and corruption, even vowing to "kill" criminals and cops alike multiple times, ever since the start of his campaign for the presidency.
"Kapag hindi pa naman sapat sa lahat yan ay ewan ko, what else," said Duterte.