'Bato' on accused generals: “I want to cry with them”

'Bato' on accused generals: “I want to cry with them”

- Three generals had an intimate and personal meeting with PNP Chief Dela Rosa on Wednesday

- Dela Rosa said he wanted to shed tears with the generals

- All five generals belong to Dela Rosa's upperclassmen at the Philippine Military Academy

Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa showed a different side of him when asked to describe how his meeting with three police generals linked to illegal drugs trade went.

Stopping his tears from falling, the emotional PNP chief said that he felt sorry for the police generals.

“I want to cry with them,” Bato told the media.

'Bato' on accused generals: “I want to cry with them”

The five generals claimed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to be protecting the illegal drugs trading in the country have all denied the allegations. However, only Chief Supt. Edgardo Tinio, Police Director Joel Pagdilao, and Chief Supt. Bernardo Diaz were present during the meeting with PNP chief Bato. Retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo and retired Chief Supt. Vicente Loot were not around.

READ: WATCH: Duterte names 5 generals protecting the PH drug ring

Furthermore, Bato humbly asked the media not to ask for more information regarding what were discussed during their meeting. However, he said that the said meeting was ‘very intimate’ and personal. It was filled with emotions.

“I cannot discuss it in public. (But) my advice to them is face the music,” Bato said.

However, Bato assured the generals that they will be accorded an impartial investigation and that in this moment of their lives, he is the father of them all.

“As the father, I have to look for their welfare,” he said.

Meanwhile, Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said that while there were no tense moment during the said meeting, the offices did break down and cried as they conversed with Bato.

“It was quiet. Mabigat. It’s normal, human emotion na dumadaan sa pagsubok na maramdaman ang ganito (It was quiet. It was a difficult situation. It’s normal, human emotion for them to feel that way as they go through this ordeal),” he said.

READ: Diaz, Loot denies illegal drug accusations

Other people present during the meeting are representatives from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and National Police Commission (Napolcom).

All five generals belong to Bato’s upperclassmen at the Philippine Military Academy. They were ahead of him by four years.

Their names were dropped by President Duterte on Tuesday during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force.

The Malacanang has refused to released evidence related to the five generals and their involvement in the illegal drugs trade.

READ: Malacañang refuses to release evidences vs. 5 police officials

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