Moises Padilla Mayor Magdaleno Peña lauded in a press release yesterday the president's exposé of five generals allegedly linked to drugs, two of whom he linked to defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas.
The five named by Duterte were Police Director Joel Pagdilao, Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio, Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz, retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo and retired Chief Supt. Vicente Loot.
Peña, in his press release, claimed that “two of these generals, Garbo and Diaz are of common knowledge protégées of Mar Roxas, the candidate of Governor Alfredo Marañon.”
Peña said he could not imagine what would happen to the welfare of the country and the youth if the choice of Marañon had won. He claimed that the country would definitely turn into a narco state and the Negros Island Region would become a first class narco region, the press release said.
Peña also claimed that he admires the shame campaign of the president which very recently included a prominent political family in the province of Quezon related to a former Cabinet member and supporter of Roxas, the press release added.
Meanwhile, in a press statement last week, Roxas said it has come to my attention that there are several online sites and traditional media outlets that branded some generals as “Roxas Generals.”
“Despite the absence of any clear basis, it has been insinuated that they campaigned for me during the last elections,” he said.
“Let me make it clear: There are no Roxas Generals. The generals named were not part of my campaign. If I ever coordinated with them, it was part of my duty when I was the secretary of DILG,” Roxas said.*
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