‘My son is innocent,’ tells ma on Pagdilao’s link to illegal drugs trade

PINILI, Ilocos Norte — The mother of former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Joel Pagdilao, one of the generals linked in illegal drugs trade, dismissed accusations that her son is a protector of drug syndicates here.

Anunciasion Pagdilao, this town’s former mayor, came to the defense of his son, saying “My son is innocent. I am very sure because we do not tolerate such act.”

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte identified Pagdilao as one of the top police generals allegedly involved in protecting illegal drugs trade.

“I am surprised to know that. But if there’s accusation, they should back it with evidence,” Pagdilao said.

Aside from Pagdilao, Duterte also accused former Philippine National Police (PNP) deputy director Gen. Marcelo Garbo Jr., Gen. Vicente Loot, Gen. Bernardo Diaz of Police Regional Office 6, former Quezon City Police District (QCPD) chief Edgardo Tinio, and Pagdilao as protectors of drug syndicates.

But the five police officials vehemently denied the accusation, citing their conscience is clear and has nothing to do about it.

For Ilocos Norte residents, the alleged involvement of Pagdilao who maintains a “good name” in Pinili town is “shocking” to them.

The Pagdilaos of Pinili have ruled the town for decades. The former mayor and her husband, Samuel Pagdilao, Sr. have been switching the top executive post of Pinili town, backed by loyal supporters who are under their political line up from town councilors to village chiefs. Leilani Adriano/PNA