Director General Ronald de la Rosa

Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, PNP chief (File photograph from the Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), dismissed on Friday studies claiming that the police have been behind the vigilante killings in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug struggle as mere “creation of foreign media.”

De la Rosa was speaking concerning the persistent studies from worldwide media companies, the most recent coming from Reuters, quoting nameless police officers concerning the PNP sanctioning the drug killings and providing money rewards to police officers to execute suspected drug addict and pushers.

Unless the media might determine the cops they’d been quoting, De la Rosa stated he would solely see the studies as mere fabrications.

“Hangga’t hjndi niyo hinaharap sa akin ‘yan, creation ng media ‘yan,” Dela Rosa stated in an ambush interview on Friday.

Later within the interview, De la Rosa clarified to reporters that he was solely referring to the foreign media.

“Kayo ang nagsabi niyan. So prove niyo na nandyan ‘yung mga tao, existing ‘yung mga tao,” he stated. “Palutangin niyo, complete name, at mag-usap kami harap-harapan. Kung ano ‘yung mga issues nila, sasagutin ko.”

(“You’re the ones who said that. So prove that the people are there, that they exist. Let them come forward, with complete names, and we will talk face to face. Whatever their issues are, I will answer them.”)

De la Rosa has repeatedly denied that the PNP orders its males to kill targets arbitrarily.

Since the drug struggle began in July 2016, a number of police officers have revealed anonymously in studies from International information companies that some police officers have been behind the 1000’s of drug killings, which the PNP blamed on vigilantes.

Last Tuesday (April 18), Reuters reported the disclosure of an nameless retired intelligence cop and one other senior police commander that the PNP had been orchestrating drug killings, making them seem as if these have been carried out by vigilantes.

They stated the PNP additionally inspired operatives to plant weapons and proof on the crime scene to pin down drug suspects.

The retired official additionally wrote a 26-page report titled “The State-Sponsored Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines.” The doc has been shared with the leaders of Catholic Church and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

The police chief then urged the cops to face him.

“Magpakilala ka. Magpakita ka,” he stated.

“You give us the burden of defending ourselves while you are the ones accusing us,” De la Rosa stated. “The burden of proof should with the accuser, not with the accused.” /atm

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