'Bato' on US intel assessment on Duterte: That's their opinion

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 22 2018 01:45 PM

MANILA - The chief of the Philippine National Police on Thursday described as an "opinionated assessment" a United States intelligence report that called President Rodrigo Duterte a threat to democracy and human rights.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said the US intelligence community is entitled to its own opinion, granting the report on the assessment is not fake news.

"Puwede rin namang kami rito, intelligence community ng Pilipinas, magsasabi na ang assessment namin ang US ay banta sa demokrasya ng Pilipinas," Dela Rosa said. 

"Puwede naman tayo magkaroon ng opinyon na ganoon but wala ha, wala kaming opinyon na ganoon against sa kanila sa ngayon. So these are all opinionated assessments," he added.

The US Intelligence Community's World Threat Assessment Report identified Duterte, along with ruling Thai officials and Cambodia's Prime Minister, as among regional leaders who threaten democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia. 

"In the Philippines, President Duterte will continue to wage his signature campaign against drugs, corruption, and crime. Duterte has suggested he could suspend the Constitution, declare a 'revolutionary government,' and impose nationwide martial law. His declaration of martial law in Mindanao, responding to the ISIS-inspired siege of Marawi City, has been extended through the end of 2018," the report said.

The World Threat Assessment Report also cited findings of Freedom House, which lists the Philippine government as allegedly using social media to silence government critics.