- PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa promised to probe Senator Leila de Lima’s driver who President Duterte accused of collecting money from the Bilibid
- However, Dela Rosa said that he will wait for Duterte’s formal order before probing the driver
- The PNP Chief added that probing the driver now might also negatively affect the police in the upcoming Senate inquiry on the spate of summary killings
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa promised on Wednesday to probe Senator Leila de Lima’s driver who President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte accused of going to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) to collect money.
“To satisfy you, I will conduct my investigation,” De la Rosa told the media.
However, the PNP Chief clarified that he will not conduct a probe on the senator’s driver until Duterte directly orders him to do so.
“Sa ngayon, hindi kami nakikialam baka mamaya gawing personal issue against us eh haharap pa naman kami sa Senado. Hindi kami nakikialam dyan,” PNP Chief Bato explained.
(For now, we are not going to meddle because it might be used as a personal issue against us as we face the Senate. We will not meddle in that.)
Bato is referring to the August 22 and 23 Senate inquiry led by De Lima regarding the spate of summary executions in recent months.
In his speech during the 115th police service anniversary celebration in Camp Crame, Duterte accused the neophyte senator of being “immoral” and engaging in other illegal practices.
“Here is an immoral woman, insofar as the driver’s wife is concerned, it’s adultery. Here’s a woman who funded a house of a lover and yet we don’t see any complaint about it,” the President alleged.
De Lima – the former commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) – is one of the most vocal critics of Duterte. The senator has repeatedly urged Duterte to put a stop on the alleged human rights violation committed by the police and vigilantes against suspected drug criminals.
After the May 9 elections, approximately 1,000 alleged drug criminals have already been killed either in legitimate police operations or in summary executions. – Kami Media