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Jul 11, 2016
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To prove his innocence, retired general Vicente Loot is willing to take a lie detector test in the presence of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Loot, who is now mayor of Daanbantayan in Cebu, said he is finding ways to talk with both Duterte and Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa to air his side, the Inquirer reported.

"If the allegations raised against me were related to my present post, I would resign. But these charges are not related to my job now which is to protect the people who are oppressed and abused," he said.

Loot added that he would forfeit his right to the bank secrecy law so authorities could investigate his bank accounts.

He expressed confidence that through this, he will be proven innocent as his family already went through a lifestyle check conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation in 2009.

Meanwhile, Loot's wife Maria told GMA News that she was hurt by the allegations, particularly those questioning their net worth initially estimated at P70 million.

"Alam mo, kahit sino masakit to eh. Yung mga tanong lang...na ang pera namin galing sa drugs," she lamented. "Nagtitinda ako ng mga bag na signature, mga damit, jewelries kung may maghahanap. Mula noong 22 years old ako yun ang una kong naging negosyo na magbebenta ng alahas."

Maria also denied being ultra-wealthy but admitted that their family has 18 properties, including their townhouse in Mango Green Village in Mandaue City, which she claimed were obtained when she was still single.

Loot was among five police generals named by Duterte as drug protectors last week. The former PNP director for training service denied the accusations and said that he was a victim of a black propaganda.

In the drug link chart that Duterte presented afterwards, Loot is supposedly connected to Peter Lim, one of the three big-time drug lords controlling the illegal trade in the country. The retired general confirmed that he is friends with Lim but insisted that they haven't spoken to each other in a long time.

 

Cover photo via Rappler

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