AFTER his retirement in January 2018, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa said he would be willing to lead a vigilante group that will target erring policemen who have damaged the credibility of the police organization.
“Baka sabihin n’yo ako ay naduduwag na. Nagkakamali kayo, lalo na ang scalawag. Up to the last minute of my service, didiretsuhin ko ‘yan. I must tell you, kahit retired na ako, bakit, hindi ba ako pwedeng makipagbarilan sa inyo? (You might think I have become a coward. You're mistaken. You think I don't have it in me to shoot it out with you when I retire?” he said.
“Baka makakita kayo ng four-star general to lead vigilantes against scalawag police. Hindi ko kayo aatrasan. Remember, isa lang ang buhay natin, it’s either buhay n’yo o buhay ko (You will see a four-star general lead vigilantes against scalawags. I will not run from a fight. Remember, it's either you or I live),” he added.
Dela Rosa issued the statement after receiving information that some rouge policemen can’t wait for his retirement next year in order for them to continue with their illegal activities.
The PNP chief said he is willing to die just to protect the police organization even if he is no longer in the service.
“Huwag n’yo isipin na porke pa-retire na ako ay hindi ko na kayo mahahabol. Hindi ako takot mamatay; okay na nagawa ko. Sabihin n’yo sa mga scalawag diyan na nagkukumahog na, isasama ko kayo sa retirement ko 'pag gumawa kayo ng kalokohan. (I am not afraid to die. Tell the scalawags that I will bring them with me when I retire. You will be retiring six feet below the ground,” he said.
The involvement of some erring policemen in illegal activities has drawn criticism and negative perception from the public and lawmakers.
It has also been the reason why President Rodrigo Duterte took the PNP’s full responsibility over the administration’s war on drugs and ordered them to conduct an internal cleansing. (SunStar Philippines)