- PNP chief happy over PNP’s relief from drug war
- He said they can now focus on other crimes and not just on illegal drug trade
- He also announced they will be cracking down on riding-in-tandem killers next
MANILA, Philippines – PNP chief Director Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is happy the police force has been relegated to the backseat in the administration’s war on drugs; saying it opens them up to focus on tackling other crimes.
“Yes! Hayahay na kami ngayon. You can just imagine, binuhos namin ang lahat, halos 100 percent, ng resources ng PNP for the last year [sa war on drugs]. Eh ‘di now we can focus on other crimes, hindi lang drugs, at bawas na rin sa problema namin,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.
[Yes! We’re relaxed now. You can just imagine, we poured all, almost 100 percent, of the resources of the PNP last year on the war on drug. So now we can focus on other crimes, not only drugs, and that’s one less problem for us.]
In his order, President Rodrigo Duterte directed the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to take the lead in conducting anti-drug operations. The PNP, meanwhile, were ordered to carry normal operations and maintain a visible presence.
With them freed up from their prior responsibilities, Dela Rosa said the PNP can now crack down on one other major problem — the proliferation of riding-in-tandem killers.
“‘Yung mga riding-in-tandem, bantay kayo ngayon. Uupakan namin kayo. Sige bumaril kayo nang bumaril diyan. I will ask my policemen na tutukan ninyo ‘yung riding-in-tandem na ‘yan,” he said.
[Those riding-in-tandem shooters, brace yourselves. We will come at you. Go ahead and keep on shooting. I will ask my policemen to focus on you.]
“Wala kaming war on drugs, hands off kami. Kayo proproject-in namin. Bantay kayo,” he added.
[We now don’t have a war on drugs. We’re hands off. We will have you as our project. Brace yourselves.]