- Former CHR Chair Loretta Rosales wants PNP Chief “Bato” dela Rosa to use the strategy of other countries in fighting crime
- Rosales said that other countries minimize crime by increasing police presence in their cities and not through violent means
- However, Rosales commended the PNP for welcoming drug criminals who surrender themselves peacefully
Former Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Loretta Rosales has given an advice to Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on how to effectively fight crime in the Philippines.
According to Rosales, other countries are able to minimize criminality without resorting to bloody and barbaric strategies. Increasing the presence of the police force in cities is the best way to scare criminals, according to the ex-CHR chair.
“Let us learn from other countries, which have transformed their cities. We should fortify police presence and visibility in the streets, like what they do in New York,” Rosales said of New York City – which has one of the lowest crime rates in the U.S.
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Since the start of President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s administration, there has been a spate of vigilante killings of suspected drug lords, pushers and users.
Both Duterte and Bato have been criticized for publicly supporting executions as a way to eliminate crime. There has also been an increase in drug criminals getting killed in legitimate police operations across the country since Bato became the head of the PNP.
Rosales pointed out that New York City minimized crime by increasing the police presence and not through extrajudicial killings.
“We should do the same in our country,” she said.
However, Rosales commended the police and local government units for welcoming drug pushers and addicts who voluntarily surrender. Those who have surrendered to the police have been offered rehabilitation and alternative livelihood by local government officials.
“This aspect of your campaign is commendable and we congratulate you since this is the first time it appears that users and pushers have volunteered to surrender en masse,” Rosales pointed out.
On the other hand, supporters of the brutal strategy of fighting crime are saying that the reason why many drug criminals are surrendering voluntarily is because of the blood war waged by the police against criminals. Duterte also recently expressed his belief that shabu addicts are beyond rehabilitation and redemption.