Police officials named by Duterte deny link to drug trade

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Police officials linked by President Rodrigo Duterte to illegal drugs have denied any involvement and said they were willing to be investigated.

Read: Duterte names 5 police generals allegedly linked to illegal drugs

Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio, one the five active duty and retired Philippine National Police (PNP) officers named by Duterte Tuesday, said he has never been involved in any illegal drug activity in his 35 years in service.

The former Quezon City Police chief told reporters he was speaking up not to fight with Duterte but to clear his name.

"Yung ating mahal na Pangulo, kaya ko po syang harapin, kaya ko po syang tingnan ng mata sa mata na hindi po ako involved sa illegal drugs," he said.

[Translation: I can face the President. I can look him straight in the eye and say that I am not involved in illegal drugs.]

Retired police general Vicente Loot also hopes he will be given the chance to clear his name.

Loot, now Mayor of Daanbantayan town in Cebu province, said the president may have been misinformed.

"I hope I will be given the chance to be heard because this is unfair to me and my family. I am being tried by publicity now. Who can question the President?" he said.

"I think he (Duterte) was given the wrong information. But I'm still willing to present myself for investigation,” he added.

Former Western Visayas director, Police Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz, said he has always hated illegal drugs because he has personally seen their terrible effects on his own family.

"Unang-una hindi po ako protector ng illegal drugs. Ako po'y may mga rason kung bakit po galit sa pinagbabawal na droga,” he said.

[Translation: First of all I am not a protector of anyone involved in illegal drugs. I have my reasons for hating illegal drugs.]

“Never in my career na ako'y nakasuhan o ako ay nareklamo o nagkaroon ng derogatory report dahil sa ipinagbabawal na droga,” he added.

[Translation: Never in my career have I been accused of or been the subject of a derogatory report because of illegal drugs.]

In a telephone interview with CNN Philippines on Tuesday evening, former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Joel Pagdilao said there was no truth to reports that he had protected those involved in illegal drugs.

"Sa tagal ko po sa serbisyo, iningatan ko po ang aking service reputation at sa lahat ng aking command na hinawakan. Talagang pinaglalaban ko ang mahuli yung mga illegal na droga sa aking kinasasakupan, malaki man o maliit," he said.

[Translation: In my long years of service and in every command I have held, I have always protected my reputation. I have vigorously fought to put people involved in illegal drugs, big or small, behind bars.]

Pagdilao added that he was ready to face all of the accusations. He said he would report to Director General Ronald Dela Rosa on Wednesday.

Retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo, the most senior among the five named by Duterte, has not issued any statement.