MANILA, Philippines – Today, an angry Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa faced several police officers who reported to Camp Crame after being on the list of suspected drug trade personalities.
“Galit ako, ‘di ba? Bakit nandoon ang pangalan ninyo. Bakit nga ando’n mga pangalan ninyo? Eto, prankahan tayo, gentlemen. Hinarap ko kayo. Sana lalaki kayong kausap. After this, kung dikit pa ang pangalan ninyo… papatayin ko kayo. Papatayin ko kayo,” warned Dela Rosa.
(I am angry, right? Why were you on the list? Why? Let me put this bluntly, gentlemen. I faced you, I hope you man up, too. After this, if your names are still on that list, I will kill you. I will kill you!)
After President Rodrigo Dutere’s news conference in Davao City last Sunday, he set a 24-hour deadline for all the people mentioned from his list to report to Camp Crame or face consequences.
Indeed, on Monday, several PNP personnel as well as public officials hurried to Camp Crame with the faith of clearing their names.
Dela Rosa kept his cool when he confronted the mayors who turned up. However, his anger and disappointment exploded when he finally had a talk with his uniformed men.
“Tayo ang dapat mag solba sa problema sa droga, tayo pa ang gagatong? Diyos ko, maawa ka Lord. Ha? Nakakahiya tayo. Gusto kong mag evaporate sa mundo, gusto kong mamatay. Gusto kong matunaw dahil sa nangyayari sa atin, nakakahiya. I am the chief PNP, I am leading the Philippine National Police with people who are involved in sindikato… walang hiya, Diyos ko,” he bellowed.
(We were supposed to be the ones to solve the drug problem, but what did you do? My god, please have mercy, Lord. We are shameful! I want to evaporate away from this planet, I want to die! I want to melt away, because of what is happening to us. Shame. I am the chief PNP, I am leading the Philippine National Police with people who are involved in the (drug) syndicate. Shame! My god.”
Ranks of the linked PNP personnel ranges from Senior Superintendent to Police Officer.