MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa believes the problems in illegal drugs in the country should stop, hopefully under the current administration. Otherwise, the Philippines will remain under the grip of such social menace.
In his official business trip to the United States, the PNP chief has advised Filipino community to be wary against fake news circulating on social media about the government’s war on drugs.
“Kawawa ang Pilipinas talaga. Alam ko kayo dito, hindi kayo mapapalagay habang nandito kayo, mga mahal niyo sa buhay nandoon sa Pilipinas. Kaya sana magtulungan tayo. Huwag kayong masyadong magpadala sa mga fake news na nakakarating dito, mga paninira,” said the chief.
(The Philippines is really pitiful. I know that you are uneasy living here while your loved ones are back in the Philippines. That’s why we should help each other. Do not get carried away by damaging fake news that reaches you.)
Dela Rosa assured the Filipino community in the US that the PNP will be more cautious in its operations now that it is reinstated as a support group to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in executing anti-illegal drugs operations.
This has prompted the PNP to call for support in order to acquire the needed body cameras for their operations.
Meanwhile, the PNP chief guarantees the police’s support to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in its pursuit of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Dela Rosa warned organizations supportive of the NPA which is now officially declared a terrorist group by the Philippine government.
“Well, pagbasehan natin ‘yung Constitution at tsaka ‘yung Revised Penal Code. Kung meron silang nagawa dun na labag dun then, they are punishable by their crimes. At kami naman sa pulis palagi kaming actively supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it comes to internal security operations. So pagtutulong-tulungan namin yan sa AFP yung laban natin na against sa NPA,” said Dela Rosa
(Well, let’s base it on the Constitution and the Revised Penal Code. If they have committed violations of these, then they are punishable by their crimes. We at the PNP are actively supporting the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it comes to internal security operations. So we will be working together with AFP against the NPA.) — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
PNP braces for possible NPA attacks
FILE PHOTO: PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has ordered cops to prepare for possible attacks by the New People’s Army (NPA).
Dela Rosa particularly directed cops to take caution against the Special Partisan Armed Revolutionary Unit (SPARU) of the NPA that carries out ambush attacks against members of the police and military.
Since January 2017 until March 22, 2018, there have been 65 recorded incidents of attacks by the SPARU unit of the NPA.
The PNP chief said President Rodrigo Duterte hired the services of retired cops to teach active policemen how to counter the tactics of SPARU.
“We have retired police officers commissioned by the president to orient young officers that lack exposure against insurgency. They should share their knowledge so these cops would be aware of the modus operandi of the SPARU. — UNTV News & Rescue
PH to withdraw participation in all US-led expeditions
In his remark during the 39th commencement exercises for Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), President Rodrigo Duterte said that the country will no longer participate in all US-led wars.
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a halt on the country’s participation in all expeditions led by the United States (US).
According to the President, the country has nothing to benefit from those missions.
The Chief Executive cited as an example the Philippines’ participation in the United States’ efforts to free Kuwait from the control of Iraq during the Gulf war in 1991.
The Philippines sent Filipino troops to help in the war that freed Kuwait, but the President lamented, the now independent Arab nation allows the abuse of Filipino workers there.
“I am addressing America right now, whatever expeditions that you will conduct, any wars that you will fight in any countries, count us out. We benefit nothing all these years of sacrifice except brutality,” said Duterte.
The President also noted that the Philippines can stand on its own; further arguing that what is important is for the country to maintain its dignity.
He added that invasions such as during the Spanish and American colonial era should not happen again.
“Tama na po yun (That’s enough). You have had your fill. Do not ask for more,” said the President.
At the end of his speech during the 39th commencement exercises for Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), the President said the Philippines will no longer participate in any war by the US under his term.
“Unless we are threatened directly, there will be no more joint expeditions at least sa panahon ko (during my term),” he said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
PNP chief vows no escape for drug suspects
FILE PHOTO: PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa has once again expressed his dismay over the dismissal of drug charges against several drug suspects.
Dela Rosa considers the dismissal of the charges against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and alleged drug suspect Peter Lim and others as a lesson to the whole PNP unit.
The PNP chief also vowed not to allow any more drug suspects to escape the law.
“Sino bang masaya? Malungkot tayo. Malungkot nga yung ordinaryong tao na nanonood lang sa TV na inaamin ni Kerwin Espinosa na siya’y druglord. Si Peter Lim ay druglord. Kami pa kaya na nagtatrabaho diyan,” said the PNP chief.
(Who would be happy about it? We feel sad. Even ordinary people who have witnessed the confession of Kerwin Espinosa that he’s a drug lord; that Peter Lim is a drug lord, are sad about it, even more so for us who worked on the case.)
Dela Rosa explained that he is frustrated with the decision of the panel of prosecutors of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that handled the case.
Dela Rosa also said he felt sorry for the policemen who sacrificed their lives for the campaign against illegal drugs.
The police chief also gave a warning to Kerwin Espinosa.
“Naisahan talaga kami pero kwidaw (We really were fooled, but beware). Ikaw, Kerwin, naisahan mo kami ngayon (You, Kerwin, was able to pull a fast one this time) but you cannot “one” us all the time. Mark my word, Mr. Kerwin Espinosa. You cannot “one” us all the time,” said Dela Rosa.)
Several prosecutors of the DOJ dismissed the case against the drug suspects for insufficient evidence. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue