MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded five drug-related fatalities during its more than 700 legitimate operations across the country.
More than 1,000 drug suspects have been arrested, while 10 others surrendered to authorities.
The PNP has lost one member and while another was injured.
According to PNP chief PDG. Ronald Bato dela Rosa, the police will intensify its arrests of suspects since they have already returned to the war on drugs.
“Expect more arrests of drug personalities and many more will be jailed,” said the chief.
PNP’s partner in identifying and arresting drug personalities is the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
“We provide intelligence. So if we have a good intel, we will pass it to the PDEA and Philippine National Police,” said AFP-NCR Commander BGen. Alan Arrojado.
It can be recalled that PNP returned to the drug war scene last December 5th after the President Rodrigo Duterte ordered their removal for facing various controversies. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The public has nothing to fear if ever President Rodrigo Duterte decides to declare a nationwide martial law.
According to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, what he described as “peace-loving people” in Mindanao do not fear the military rule, adding that Filipinos all over the country have nothing to worry about.
“Walang dapat na ikatakot. Ang natatakot lang ay yung may mga masasamang binabalak or may masasamang ginagawa dahil nga limitado ang kanilang movement at binabantayan,” said Dela Rosa.
(They have nothing to fear. Only those who have criminal intent or have committed wrong are afraid because their movement will be limited and monitored.)
The PNP chief also noted that government still considers the New People’s Army (NPA) as the biggest threat due to the group’s series of attacks.
“They are all labeled ‘terorista’. So, kasama na yan sa terrorism. So, yan ang mabigat na hinaharap natin. That has been existing and persisting for the last how many years. Matagal na yang problema na yan,” he said.
(They are all labeled terrorists. So that’s included in terrorism. So, that is the heavy challenge we are currently facing. That has been existing and persisting for the last how many years. It has been our problem for a long time now.)
Despite this, Dela Rosa said he has no plans yet of recommending the declaration of a nationwide martial law to the President especially since there is no request yet from the Chief Executive.
“Hindi ko sya papangunahan (I will not get ahead of him). Nasa kanya ‘yan (It’s up to him). It depends on his own determination,” he said.
The PNP chief added that whatever the Chief Executive decides to do, the entire police institution will support it.
“Everything depends on him. Kung ano sa tingin niya na kinakailangan niyang gawin (whatever he thinks should be done), we will just support all the way. Kung sabihin nya na magdeclare siya ng (if he says he will declare) martial law nationwide, by all means, we have to support our Commander in Chief,” said Dela Rosa.
According to him, the PNP has already begun its security assessment in the Visayas and Mindanao. In case the President asks for their recommendation, his decision will have a basis. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, December 15th, 2017
PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Problems with drugs, terrorism, and insurgency are among the reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte extended the term of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to another three months. This was according to the PNP chief himself.
“Kulang pa siguro per the standard of the President. Meron pa siyang something na i-accomplish natin bago tayo mag-step down (Maybe it’s not enough as per the standard of the President. He still has something in mind that I still have to accomplish before I step down),” said Dela Rosa.
Despite this, the PNP chief said he cannot assure that he can address the said problems within three months.
“I don’t know kung kakayanin sa three months. Baka another three months na naman. Then another three months, then another three months. Hindi ko pa alam. Hindi ko pwedeng pangunahan ang Presidente,” he said.
(I don’t know if I can do it within three months, I might need another three months. Then another three months, then another three months. I don’t know yet. I don’t want to get ahead of the President.)
The PNP chief also assured that drug lords can no longer operate once his appointment as the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief pushes through.
“I will see to it na hindi na ninyo maipagpatuloy ang drug trafficking diyan sa loob ng BuCor dahil yun naman talaga. Ano pa ang rason bakit ilalagay ako ni Presidente dyan kundi para tapusin yung maliligayang araw sa pagbebenta ng drugs,” he said.
(I will see to it that you will not be able to continue your drug trafficking activities in the BuCor. That’s the reason why the President wants me there. He wants me to finish your illegal acts, the selling of illegal drugs.) — LEA YLAGAN | UNTV News
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