Año said he would call for an investigation into such reports and closely coordinate with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for available information on the report.
”We will not allow – especially those in the active service to be part or coddling, protecting anyone or any drug syndicate. It’s a mortal sin on the part of the AFP,” Año told reporters in an interview on Saturday in Davao.
The AFP Chief was in Davao for a command conference at the Eastern Mindanao Command.
”We still have to coordinate with the PNP or PDEA kung ano yung hawak nila at makapagsimula tayo ng sariling imbestigasyon (We still have to coordinate with the PNP or PDEA what data they have so we can start our own investigation),” he added.
Año’s statement came following reports that an AFP general allegedly close to arrested Ozamis Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog, is protecting the Parojinog’s drug ring. “Di pa natin alam kung active o retired. We will look into that,” Año said.
Año said the AFP has a continuing program that will discouraged the men and women in the AFP to get involved in illegal drugs. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)