Bato on leading vigilante group after retirement: Only if crime no longer controllable

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  • PNP chief clarified remarks on leading a vigilante group after his retirement
  • He explained he will only turn vigilante if criminals get out of hand
  • He said it’s only a worst-case scenario, said he still trusts the PNP

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa clarified his earlier remarks about leading a vigilante group after he retires, saying he will do so only if the country’s law and order breaks down and the public finds themselves at the mercy of criminals.

“Sabi ko kapag sobra na tayong frustrated. Kung umabot ‘yung punto na wala ka na magawa, grabe na, naghahari-harian na ‘yung mga drug lords dito sa Pilipinas, sila na nagko-control, wala nang law and order, magbi-vigilante ako,” GMA News quoted him as saying.

[I said when we’re really frustrated only. If it reaches the point that we can’t do anything else, the situation is so grave and drug lords are ruling and controlling the Philippines, there is no more law and order, then I will turn vigilante.]

“Prangkahan lang tayo. Alangan naman kung naging violent na ‘yung criminal world, ang taumbayang Pilipino magpakabait pa rin, magpapakawawa na lang tayo dito sa mga narco cops, drug lords. Pabayaan mo na lang sila mag roll over hanggang ating mga kabataan wala nang kinabukasan,” he added.

[Let’s be frank. It’s not like the Filipino people will remain docile and at the mercy of the narco cops, drug lords, when the criminal world turns violent. It’s not like they will roll over over until their children have no more future.]

At the same time, Dela Rosa stressed that he was only thinking about a worst-case scenario. For now, he retains his trust in the PNP to carry out and enforce the law.

“‘Yung sinabi ko hindi ‘yun definite, hindi ‘yun fixed statement. That is a hypothetical situation na sinasabi ko. Meron pa rin tayong tiwala sa ating criminal justice system, sa ating PNP as the main law enforcement agency of the land,” he said. “Tiwala pa rin tayo pero if worst comes to worst then we must be prepared.”

[What I said is not definite, it was not a fixed statement. That is a hypothetical situation I was talking about. We still have faith in our criminal justice system, in our PNP as the main law enforcement agency of the land. “We still trust them but if worse comes to worst then we must be prepared.]