Opposition solons to Bato, PNP: The public pays for your jobs, doesn’t owe you anything

  • Opposition lawmakers lashed out at PNP chief for calling critics ingrates
  • Dela Rosa told public does not owe him or PNP anything, is being paid to do his job
  • Top cop also told critics they support the war on drugs, but not EJKs

MANILA, Philippines – For calling critics of the government’s war on drugs ingrates, the country’s top cop received a tongue-lashing from opposition lawmakers who said he shouldn’t put himself and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on a pedestal.

According to Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and his men shouldn’t expect to be feted by the public for essentially doing what they’re supposed to do.

“Walang utang na loob ang taumbayan sa kaniya. Trabaho niya yan. Thankless job ito [The public does not owe him anything. That’s his job. This is a thankless jo]. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t!” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

Alejano said every Filipino —critics included— are stakeholders in the government and deserve the service of its officials.

“Walang ingratong Pilipino, dahil lahat sila ay nagmamay-ari sa gobyerno. At kaming lahat sa gobyerno, nandito para serbisyuhan sila, ‘di para singilin sila,” he said.

[No Filipino is an ingrate because the people have a stake in the government. All of us in the government are here to serve them, not to charge them.]

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon also expressed the same sentiment; saying critics of the administration support its war on drugs but not the killings being allegedly deliberately conducted by state agents.

“He is paid by the taxpayers to do his job and we always, we support the war on drugs, but not the extrajudicial killings. No question, we support the war on drugs but huwag naman sa ganitong paraan [not like this],” he said.