Ex-cop Loot arrives in Manila to meet with Bato

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 07 2016 10:20 PM

MANILA - Retired police official turned mayor Vicente Loot on Thursday arrived in Manila to meet with Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa in connection with President Duterte's allegations that he is involved in illegal drug trade.

The former police chief superintendent, who is now mayor of Daanbantayan town in Cebu province, went to Camp Crame to meet with Dela Rosa and explain his side.

Three other police officers in active service who were also linked by Duterte to the drug trade also met with the PNP chief on Wednesday to explain and clear their names.

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Speaking to ABS-CBN News, Loot again denied any links to drug syndicates. He also said that he was never involved in anti-illegal drug operations during his last eight years in service.

"Hindi ko maisip kung bakit ako i-label na ganoon when in fact, my last...8 years in service, since 2007, wala na akong assignment sa unit na involved in anti-illegal drugs," he said.

Loot is one of five police officers identified by President Duterte earlier this week as alleged protectors of drug syndicates.

The others are retired Deputy Director-General Marcelo Garbo Jr., Director Joel Pagdilao, and Chief Superintendents Bernardo Diaz and Edgardo Tinio.

Loot was director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Training Service and director of Police Regional Office 8 before retiring.

He has repeatedly denied the allegations against him in different interviews, saying he was just a victim of "black propaganda." - Report from Jasmin Romero, ABS-CBN News

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