Bato's solution to having good cops: A spiritual connection with God

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Posted at Feb 01 2017 05:00 PM

Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa wants his people to reestablish their relationship with God and be fearful of the Supreme Being so they can steer clear of crimes.

Speaking to reporters in Angeles City, Pampanga on Wednesday, Dela Rosa said some spiritual leaders of different religions have volunteered their services to the police. 

Dela Rosa said it's not only values formation that he wants to instill in his men.

"Pag sinabing values formation, person-to-person lang, values na 'yan," he said.

"Ang gusto ko talagang mangyari, spiritual development ng ating kapulisan, yung relationship nila with God, yung relationship namin with the Supreme Spiritual Being," he said.

"'Yun ang gusto kong ibalik dahil pag may takot ka sa Diyos, may takot ka sa Panginoon, matatakot kang gumawa ng kasamaan, ng kalokohan. 'Yan ang gusto kong i-reestablish sa amin, yung spiritual connection with the God," he added.

The PNP has been hit by controversies after being tagged in the abduction of several Korean nationals in Pampanga. One of them, businessman Jee Ick Joo, was later found out to have been killed inside the police headquarters in Camp Crame, then cremated, before captors extorted at least P5 million money from his wife.

Dela Rosa said details of this program for the 160,000 police personnel nationwide have not been ironed out yet, but he will order the planning to the Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR) and the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM).

In the meantime, he said, their priority is creating a counter-intelligence task force to cleanse their ranks.

He believes only 2 percent of the entire organization are scalawags.

"Kung 165,000 kami nationwide, siguro mga 2%. Ano bang 2% ng 165,000? Nasa mga 2% lang yang mga yan na gumagawa ng ganiyan...kaso nga na-highlight ang masama lang," he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier said that nearly 40 percent of the police force engaged in illegal activities.

This comes seven months since the long-time Davao mayor came into power and launched a war on drugs, fronting the police force in his battle to stop the Philippines from becoming a narco-state.

More than 1,500 people have been reported dead in police operations, many of whom accused as drug suspects allegedly firing at cops first.

Human rights groups and relatives of some of the victims have alleged police frequently kill defenseless people, and often plant drugs and a gun on the bullet-riddled corpse. --with Agence France-Presse