Roxas slammed on Twitter for LP photo
with police general linked to illegal drugs

July 7 2016 3:07 PM

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.

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).

READ: Duterte tags, orders relief of 5 generals in illegal drugs

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

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