Bato tells cops: Don’t plant evidence, continue performing well instead

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  • PNP chief warned police not to plant evidence
  • He advised them instead to perform their jobs well
  • He also said he prefers a lean but honest police force than one filled with scalawags

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has warned subordinates not to resort to planting evidence in catching criminals; saying they themselves would be breaking the law.

“Iwasan n’yo na ‘yung style na taniman ng droga ‘yung suspect dahil gusto n’yo kaagad na ma-eliminate sa scheme ng drug business,” GMA News quoted him as saying. “Dahil kayo ay pagod na, alam n’yo y’ang taong iyan ay labas-masok sa kulungan, sige lang huli tapos ngayon gusto n’yong mahuli, wala kayong makuha kaya taniman ninyo. Huwag n’yong gawin ‘yan. That is very bad. God is watching us. Merong maniningil.”

[Avoid the style of planting drugs on the suspect just because you want to eliminate him right away from the drug business scheme. Because you’re tired, and you know that person goes in and out of jail, and you want to catch him for good but you don’t have anything on him so you plan evidence on him instead. Don’t do that. That is very bad. God is watching us. There will be a reckoning.]

Dela Rosa said policemen should instead just concentrate on doing their jobs well.

“Mas maganda ‘yung kinasing kasing na trabaho at pagserbisyo,” he said.

[It would be better to be wholehearted with your work and service.]

The PNP chief also said he doesn’t mind if he ends up with a police force that is few in numbers but with honest officers compared to one filled with scalawags.

“I don’t care kung maubos ang pulis ko basta ang maiwan lang ‘yung matitino [if my police force is decimated as long as the honest ones are retained],” he said. “I am not after the quantity, I’m after quality.”