POLICE Director General Ronald dela Rosa warned personnel of Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas on Wednesday, August 23, not to beef up their accomplishment statistics by planting evidence on drug suspects.
“Huwag ninyong gawin yan. That is very bad. God is watching us,” said Dela Rosa in his speech. “Huwag ninyong kalimotan merong maniningil at maniningil sa atin sa bandang dulo. Mas maganda na yung kinasingkasing nga pagtrabaho ug pagserbisyo.”
Dela Rosa cannot assure the public that there will be no more killings of drug suspects, saying his operatives will force to engage if the targets would engage them.
“Di ko kahatag og assurance no kay dili man ko ginoo. Dili ko ginoo nga kabalo ko nga wala nay mamatay kon duna miy drug operation. Dili man ko ana ka powerful,” he said.
He reminded his personnel to respect the rights of the suspected criminals.
“Kon kamo mga polis gahi gyod mog mga ulo, buhata na ninyo ang mga illegal nga buhaton...segurado magkakaso gyod mo, magkaproblema gyod mo,” said dela Rosa. “We will not stop our operations, but let's do it properly. Tarongon nato mga walay kinabuhi nga masayang.”
He said that the organization has been “demoralized” by the criticisms against its crackdown on drug trafficking. He, however, said that this will not stop the police from pushing through with its drive.
The Philippine National Police has been rocked by the alleged murder of 17-year-old Kian Lloyd delos Santos by anti-narcotics operatives in Caloocan last week.
Dela Rosa said that he opted not to visit the boy’s wake because the family is still mad at the police, and he said he is not a politician.
“Ako lang ipagdasal si Kian (I will just pray for Kian). Granting he is a drug courier, but still dapat dili siya mamatay kay bata pa (he should not have died because he was still young). Ipangadye na lang nako sa Ginoo nga malangit ang iyang kalag (I will pray to God that his soul would go to heaven),” he said.
Dela Rosa said that the “internal cleansing” among members of the Philippine National Police continues, particularly against those who accept protection money from drug traffickers and illegal gambling kingpins.
The top police official was the guest of honor during the PRO 7’s celebration of the 116th Police Service anniversary yesterday.
For his part, PRO 7 Director Jose Mario Espino said the region’s campaign against illegal drugs and gambling will continue, adding that the police force will catch more big fish in their future operations. (KAL)