MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Saturday slammed claims that the government is behind the night market bombing in Davao City.
"We have enough heartaches already. Naka-ilang bomba na kami diyan [sa Davao City]. Ramdam namin ang sakit…kung ikaw ang nabomba, tapos ia-accuse pa sa government," Dela Rosa said during a press briefing in Camp Crame.
[We have enough heartaches already. This is not the first bomb to go off in Davao City. Why do people blame the government? We know how much it hurts for your city to be bombed.]
He said Davao City became the unfortunate target because enemies of the state know that he and President Rodrigo Duterte hold their city close to their hearts.
"Mahal na mahal namin ang aming lugar. Nagha-hard labor kami ng husto para ma-achieve ang status ng Davao ngayon tapos yuyurakan lang ng mga terorista," he said.
[We love our place. We went through hard labor to get Davao to its current status, then terrorists will just go and wreck the place.]
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Dela Rosa said critics should unite with the administration instead so that the country will not break apart in times of crisis.
"Tumulong na lang sila sana, huwag na lang silang mag-question. Wala pa nang ginagawa, ikukuwestiyon na nila [They should instead help. They're not doing anything helpful by questioning everything]," he said.
He said now is not the time to point fingers, though he admitted that in any terrorist situation, intelligence officers are "always the whipping boy."
"Kapag may sumabog, intelligence has to be blamed. But then again, kahit ang pinakamatinding intelligence agency [tulad ng Central Intelligence Agency ng Amerika] na very well-funded, nalulusutan sila. What more ang intelligence ng Armed Forces of the Philippines at PNP?" he said.
[Whenever there's an attack, intelligence has to be blamed. But then again, even skilled, well-funded intelligence agencies such as the US Central Intelligence Agency can miss a few things. What more the intelligence units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the PNP?]
He also enjoined the public to stay calm, and to "continue living [their] normal lives". However, they should stay vigilant, and report suspicious activities to the national emergency hotline 911 for immediate assistance.
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