- PNP chief Ronald 'Bato' Dela Rosa and Senator Leila De Lima are bound to cross swords following the latter’s intention to launch an inquiry into the drug killings
- During the flag-raising ceremony at the PNP, 'Bato' gave his all out support to the PNP and said that they must not lose momentum in their fight against drugs
- Solicitor General Jose Calida promised to protect the PNP as he is the agency's 'first line of defense'
Director General Roland 'Bato' Dela Rosa considered 'legal harassment' any possible Senate investigation into the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) manner of handling drug suspects. Dela Rosa issued this statement following De Lima’s pronouncement that she intends to initiate a Senate investigation into the series of killings of suspected drug dealers.
'Bato', during the flag-raising ceremony on Monday, told members of the PNP that this harassment stemmed from the intensified campaign of the PNP against drugs.
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In a somewhat lengthy statement, Dela Rosa emphasized that the Duterte administration is rallying behind them and giving them full support in their quest to subdue drug proliferation in the country, despite looming legal charges.
Directing his statement towards the uniformed men of the PNP, he asked, “Hindi ba kayo naha-high morale niyan na lahat ng tao ay tinutulungan tayo? "
(Don’t you feel a boost of morale now that everyone is helping us?)
Dela Rosa emphasized that everybody wants the PNP to succeed in their campaign against drugs and criminality. For as long as policemen are doing what is right, they must not fear as they wouldn’t go unsupported.
“Sulong!” Dela Rosa said in one fiery exhortation meant to further boost the morale of the PNP.
He said that many, or thousands, have already surrendered and the PNP must not lose its momentum.
Aside from Dela Rosa, Solicitor General Jose Calida also expressed support for the PNP should De Lima successfully initiate a senate investigation. De Lima is slated to head the senate committee on justice and human rights.
According to Calida, the office of the solicitor general will be the PNP’s 'first line of defense.' He also reminded PNP personnel that they are not compelled to attend congressional inquiries on the killings.
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“Huwag kayong matakot,” Calida urged policemen as he vowed to protect and defend PNP personnel who would be subjected to any investigation by the Senate.
(Don’t be afraid.)-SD, Kami Media