Bato in denial: No culture of impunity in Phl

Former National Police Chief and now Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Wednesday asserted there is no culture of impunity in the Philippine National Police (PNP).

In a television interview, Dela Rosa, who launched the “Oplan Tokhang”— the bloody war on drugs under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, said only critics use this argument to destroy the government.

“No, I don’t believe so. Ginagamit lang ng critics na gusto sirain ang government natin,” Dela Rosa said.

This was his statement as he maintained that Oplan Tokhang did not push the policemen to engage in more aggressive behavior.

“Sige nga mag-interview ka sa mga pulis kung sinong pulis dyan na gustong pumatay. Walang pulis dyan na gustong pumatay,” he said.

“‘Yung behavior ng tao apektado yan ng maraming factors. Kung ikaw ay pulis you are in a violent world e posibleng papasok ‘yung violence sa utak mo pero di lahat ng pulis ganon,” he added.

The police-turned-lawmaker maintained Interior Secretary Eduardo Año’s statement that Police Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca’s shooting of two civilians in Paniqui, Tarlac is an isolated incident.

“Pero yung sinabi mo na culture of impunity? Tell me kung sino from the President down to the lowest level of command, sino ba ang nagsasabi na patayin, patayin, patayin ang mga ganyan? Wala namang nagsasabi,” he said,

“Iba ang legit operations, iba yung kay Nuezca

kaya nga sinabi natin na isolated incident kasi nga kino-condemn nga natin ng husto yun e iba yun personal na lakad niya ‘yon di ‘yon police operation,” Dela Rosa further justified.

In the same interview, Dela Rosa asked his colleagues in the Senate to tackle the bills seeking the revival of the death penalty.

Although his bill on reinstating capital punishment does not include heinous crimes and only drug trafficking, Dela Rosa said the Senate may just consider policemen committing “cold-blooded” murder in the offenses punishable by death penalty.

“During the debates na, baka pwede isaksak na: kung ikaw ay isang pulis dahil aggravating circumsatnce ‘yun e— pulis ka, may chapa ka may baril ka tapos ikaw pa mag-engage ng cold-blooded killing. Papatayin mo ‘yung mga unarmed civilans, mga helpless civilans so pwede sigurong isaksak natin don idagdag during the debates,” he said.

The former National Police chief, on the other hand, appealed to the public not to judge the entire police force due to the crime committed by Nuezca.

Last Sunday, Nuezca shot Sonya Rufino Gregorio, 52, and her 25-year-old son Frank Anthony Rufino Gregorio dead in fornt of his daughter while engaging in a heated conversation.

The policeman assigned who was at Parañaque police surrendered himself to authorities.

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