PNP Chief insists PNP’s “palit-ulo” operation is different from what VP Robredo claims it to be
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has admitted that a so-called ‘palit-ulo’ or head swapping scheme does occur in some of PNP’s anti illegal drugs operations.
However, Bato said PNP’s scheme is not what Vice President Leni Robredo claims it to be.
“Yung palit ulo na bersyon na sinasabi ni vice president ay dini-deny ko po ‘yan (I deny the vice president’s version of the head-swapping scheme). Kung meron mang kaso na nangyari yun (If there is a case of it happening), I have yet to receive a complaint about that,” said the PNP Chief.
PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa has denied the allegations of Vice President Leni Robredo that it has been the scheme of policemen to arrest the relatives of drug suspects to force them to surrender to authorities.
However, Dela Rosa said the so-called palit ulo or head swapping does happen in some big drug operations of the PNP but it is a far cry from the claims of the Vice President.
“Yung palit ulo scheme na na ginagawa ng pulis ay yung… kunyari nahuli kita drug pusher ka, palit ulo ilaglag mo kung sino ang supplier mo o drug lord mo na nasa taas, di naman palalayain kundi lesser offense, sa halip na ang kaso ko ay sec. 5 selling at magiging kaso mo at sec.11 na lang possession, lighter offense ang ikakaso sayo basta sabihin mo sino source mo, yan ang palit ulo,” Dela Rosa explained. (The palit ulo scheme being done by cops is like this… for example, you’re a drug pusher, you will name your supplier or drug lord. You will not be released if you’ve not committed a lesser offense. Instead of filing a case for violating the section 5 of the law, or the selling of illegal drugs, you will face possession only or a lighter offense as long as you name your source. That’s the head swapping scheme.)
Dela Rosa also clarified that he has yet to receive any letter from the Vice President.
“Wala ako natanggap na sulat honestly…kahit na ordinaryong tao kahit di vice president na magreklamo sa akin ay aaksyunan ko talaga yan lalo na we are deep into our internal cleansing program, ayaw na ayaw natin mangyari yan (I have never received any letter. Honestly, not even from ordinary individuals. Even though it’s not the vice president, i will really act on the complaint. We are deep into our internal cleansing program, we really don’t want that to happen.) ,” said Dela Rosa.
Meanwhile, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) has asked the vice president to publicly apologize for the statements she has made on her youtube video.
“We will ask her officially to make a public apology,” said VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa is set to retire on 21st of January in 2018 when he reaches the mandatory age of retirement of 56 years old.
During a command conference at Malacañang on Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte named PNP Deputy Chief for Administration General Ramon Apolinario as the second highest police official who will replace PNP chief Ronald Bato dela Rosa.
However, PNP Public Information Office chief PCSupt. Dionardo Carlos clarified such an announcement is just an impromptu introduction at an event in Cebu where the guest of honor was PDDG. Ramon Apolinario.
“Normally who replaces number one? Let us not make a big issue out of it. It was an impromptu introduction spiel during the program,” said Carlos.
All police star generals are candidates in the position for the highest post in the police institution as long as they are serving in the PNP for at least one year.
If the PNP hierarchy will be followed, Apolinario is next in line to replace General dela Rosa except when the president wants to designate another police official.
In a text message, Gen. Apolinario said that the announcement is not officials and that he would focus first on his duty.
“Hindi pa naman official ‘yun (It’s not official yet). We are waiting for the official announcement so no comment muna ako (yet). Ako’y magfo-focus pa rin sa trabaho ko (I will continue to focus on my job) as Deputy Chief for administration ni (of) Police Chief Director General ‘Bato’ dela Rosa. Kasi marami rin akong mga committees tsaka conferences na-aattendnan (I have many committees and conferences to attend to),” he said. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
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
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said there is nothing to worry about a declaration of a revolutionary form of government because it is President Rodrigo Duterte himself who has been dismissing the issue.
“There is no revolutionary government. Let us now end the talks about revolutionary government. Let’s now move on. To the opposition, look for other issues,” said Sec. Roque.
This was in response to the Vice President Leni Robredo’s sentiments regarding reports that some government officials are involved in organizing protests to call for the president to declare a revolutionary government.
The vice president said persons involved in such movement can be held legally liable.
“Nakakabahala ito, kasi… kapag sinabi kasing revolutionary government, gusto mong isantabi iyong Konstitusyon. Ito, ano ito, laban ito sa mga existing na batas, kaya nakakabahala na. Iyong tanong nito, iyong mga sasali ba dito may be held legally—‘di ba?—may be held liable? Kasi iyong pag-alsa laban sa Konstitusyon, pag-alsa iyon laban sa pamahalaan,”said the vice president.
(This is alarming because when you say revolutionary government, you want to set aside the Constitution. This is against the existing laws, so it is really alarming. Those who participate may be held legally—may be held liable, right? Because it can be regarded as rebelling against the constitution and the government.)
She also argued that it seemed ironic to see public officials moving against the government they represent.
Nevertheless, Robredo trusts President Duterte’s word that he will not declare a revolutionary government because he doesn’t want it in the first place.
Duterte, however, said it is only possible if the welfare of the state and the people are in jeopardy.
“We need a radical change. I have to…we need a radical change in government. We need not go into a revolutionary government. I do not want it. Only when everything is turning upside down, maybe,” said Duterte.
Thus, Roque said that the controversies surrounding the issue should not be entertained. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
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