Filipinos have taken to Twitter to air their dismay with former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas after he denied any connection to the police generals whom President Rodrigo Duterte accused of protecting drug syndicates.
Below are some tweets gathered by NewsCentral.PH as of posting time on Thursday, July 7.
— Maria Shayla (@sh3ysh3y) July 6, 2016
The reaction of ‘tards to the Roxas drug generals is hilarious. No such scruples when Noy crucified Corona and GMA before one case was filed
— Clanwolf (@Clanwolf) July 6, 2016
It’s now confirmed that it was the DILG Secretary Mar Roxas who appointed the 5 generals that Duterte mentioned as protector of drug rings.
— Jose Mari Gonzalez (@jmgstar) July 6, 2016
Behind the Narco-Generals is Mar Roxas, by close association(Roxas-owned Novotel in Cubao where Smartmatic billeted) pic.twitter.com/FDJckQ9fVe
— Maxell (@maxell_lander) July 6, 2016
5 PNP Generals involved in illegal drugs are all Aquino allies and appointees
Some were even seen with Roxas’ supporters before election
— Jamjam? Pinpin! (@jamcaholic) July 5, 2016
Generals associated w/ Mar Roxas named by Pres.Duterte as being involved in drugs!(Sa preso ka na mag blog Mar. Lol) pic.twitter.com/XL22Qy0Ju2
— Maxell (@maxell_lander) July 5, 2016
@daxlucas 2 of those mentioned were part of group of generals who were roxas supporters & were supposed to be in that Novotel Cubao meeting
— POV_Manila (@POV_Manila) July 5, 2016
Two police generals named were among four spotted with Roxas in QC hotel during the campaign. Sabi nga nila, the plot chickens.
— Jonathan de Santos (@misterdesantos) July 5, 2016
Roxas generals— Roxas Narcopolitics!!!! Kaya pala alam nya saan bilihan ng shabu?!! pic.twitter.com/4Tok6tcR0a
— wenz olivar (@Wenz1914) July 6, 2016
Deny pa more… https://t.co/zCyU3AbvLc
— Brainard Solite (@november_brain) July 6, 2016
A photo of Police General Marcelo Garbo Jr. with Liberal Party supporters before the May 9 elections was posted on social media, although Roxas himself was not in the frame.
Garbo was one of five generals whom Duterte identified as “protectors” of illegal drug groups, along with Joel Pagdilao, former director of the National Capital Region Office (NCRPO); Bernard Diaz, former director of Region XI (Davao); Edgardo Tinio, former director of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD); and Cebu town Mayor Vicente Loot, former director of Region VIII (Eastern Visayas).
In a statement issued Wednesday, July 6, Roxas denied allegations that he was linked to the generals named by Duterte.
“Lilinawin ko po: Walang Roxas Generals. Ang mga pinangalanang heneral ay hindi naging bahagi ng aking kampanya. Kung nakipag-ugnayan man ako sa kanila, ito ay bilang bahagi ng pagtupad ko sa aking tungkulin noong kalihim ako sa DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government),” said Roxas.
(Let me clarify: There are no Roxas Generals. The accused generals were not part of our campaign. If I ever dealt with them, it was part of my responsibility as DILG Secretary.)
Roxas resigned from his post in August 2015. He was a private citizen by the time he announced his run for the presidency under the administration-backed LP.
Thumbnail image from Mar Roxas’ Facebook page