- According to President Rodrigo Duterte, Mar Roxas ordered to kill Vicente Loot
- Vicente Loot was the former police aide of Mar Roxas
- However, the Palace said that the President’s claim was just a joke
During a speech in Davao, President Rodrigo Duterte said that it was former Interior Secretary and Senate candidate Mar Roxas who ordered his former police aide and now Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot killed.
KAMI learned from the report of GMA News that as per President Duterte, it was not him who gave the order.
“Si Loot, dalawang beses na inambush hindi mapatay-patay. Hindi ako ang nagpa-ambush sa kanya, si Roxas," said Duterte in Cebuano.
"Sinabihan siya na 'yang senior police aide mo [Garbo] nasa droga 'yan. Kaya nagalit si Roxas. Sabi niya patayin na lang ninyo para hindi tayo mapahiya. So inabutan na ng panahon ko [bilang presidente]," the President added.
President Duterte accused Loot and former Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr., former police aid of Roxas of being involved in drug operations. However, the mayor denied that he was protecting drug lords.
In a report by Inquirer, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the President’s claim was “obviously” a “joke”.
“Obviously PRRD was saying it in jest making it appear that he was telling his crowd in confidence with his Psst,” Panelo stated.
“Somebody who was present at the event said many in the audience who understood the joke laughed at it,” Panelo said.
As previously reported by KAMI, President Duterte accused Garbo of being involved in drug operations. However, the President encouraged the people to vote for Roxas in the upcoming mid-term polls.
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