- Anunciacion Pagdilao claimed that she is sure her son is innocent from the allegations put forward by President Duterte
- Her son is one of the five police generals named by President Duterte to be involved in illegal drugs trade
- All other generals have denied the allegations
The mother of one of the generals allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade came forward and claimed that his son is innocent.
Former National Capital Region Police Office chief Joel Pagdilao is one of the names dropped by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last Tuesday. Other names the President released are retired Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot, Philippine National Police Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr., former Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio, and Chief Superintendent Bernardo Diaz of Police Regional Office 6.
According to Anunciacion Pagdilao, the mother and former mayor of Pinili town, he is confident that her son is innocent from such allegations.
"My son is innocent. I am very sure because we do not tolerate such act," she said.
She revealed that she is somehow surprised by the accusation. However, she further said that they should be able to provide enough evidence to prove the claim.
Furthermore, the people of Ilocos Norte said that the news was “shocking.” They believe that the Pagdilaos have been consistent in maintaining a "good name" in Pinili town. The family has been known to rule the area for several decades. They have been backed by councilors and village chiefs due to their reputation.
The former mayor and her husband, Samuel Pagdilao, Sr. have alternately held the top executive post.
Meanwhile, all other generals who are allegedly involved in illegal drugs trade have denied the accusations.
The National Police Commission said they are going to look into the matter and conduct necessary investigations to prove or disprove the allegations. It is expected that the result of the investigation will be ready in a month’s time.
The Malacañang has also refused to release the gathered evidence related to the five generals. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said that the evidence are not for the public to scrutinize as it may prejudice the criminal and administrative investigations and cases.