Police chief superintendent Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa gave cops involved in drug-related crimes six months to shape up or else.
"Six months, dapat maubos na sila (they should be decimated)," said incoming Philippine National Police head Dela Rosa.
In a press conference on Tuesday, June 2, Dela Rosa advised corrupt members of the police force to surrender to their superiors and voluntarily admit their crimes.
"It's either mag-surrender sila sa kanilang mga unit commanders at voluntary sila magsabi na 'Sir, ako po ay user, protector, magbagong-buhay na ako, Sir," explained Dela Rosa.
(It's either they surrender to their unit commanders and say, 'Sir, I am a user, protector, but I will reform.)
Dela Rosa vowed to purge the police ranks, 1% of which, he said, is involved in drug crimes.
"Lilinisin ko ang pulis ko. Tatanggalin ko kung sino kailangan tanggalin. (I have to clean the police force. I will take out anyone who needs to be taken out)," added Dela Rosa.
A "reformatory unit" will be created for those who will promise to reform.
The purge, he said, will be from top to bottom, including regional directors and directorates. As soon as he assumes office, he said he will give a list of police he wants out to the director of personnel.