Alvarez to Bato: Spare the president of embarrassment

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Posted at Jan 21 2017 10:56 AM

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa and House Speaker Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez. File Photo/Composite

MANILA – The killing of an abducted Korean national inside Camp Crame by policemen is an indication that Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald dela Rosa is no longer getting the full respect of his men.

"Anong ibig sabihin nun? Wala nang paggalang doon sa position ng PNP Chief. Puntong malaki yan at paano pa magtitiwala ang taong bayan? Iyong mismong heinous crime nangyari doon sa loob ng Camp Crame," said House Speaker Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez on Saturday.

The abduction of Korean Ick Joo Jee and his alleged killing inside Camp Crame has been considered a smack in the face of Dela Rosa's much-vaunted "Oplan Tokhang" drug campaign, after it was discovered that the victim was taken in October 2016 under the guise of an anti-drug operation.

"Ang aggravating dito this involved a foreign national. So pagdidiskitahan na naman ang ating pangulo," Alvarez pointed out.

Alvarez urged Dela Rosa to resign and not wait for what the president would say on the matter.

"Kasi ang ating pangulo ang sasabihin, normally, he stands by his men," he said. "Spare him of the embarrassment. Wag na. Kumbaga, kung mahal mo iyong pangulo, tama na."

Alvarez said Dela Rosa is more concerned about getting media mileage than getting down to business.

"Iyong paggalang nung hepe hindi po kino-command yung respeto, you earn it. Iyong mga tauhan mo talagang tumingin sa iyo at nirerespeto ka. Kahit anong paliwanag ang gawin mo diyan, iyong pangyayari ay talagang walang paliwanag na pupuwedeng gawin diyan, kung 'di ang magbitiw sa pwesto,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez said they will tackle on Monday the need for the House of Representatives to investigate the case, in aid of legislation.

"Paguusapan po namin yan sa Lunes, halimbawang magiimbistiga kami, kung anong panukalang batas na pwedeng gawin kung ano man ang findings tungkol doon," he said. --with DZMM