MANILA - National police chief Ronald dela Rosa on Monday slammed the media for highlighting what he calls small errors committed by cops while failing to report on the dangers faced by police in anti-drug operations.
Speaking to over a thousand cops from Caloocan scheduled for retraining following a string of controversial cases, Dela Rosa said the media failed to highlight the report on PO1 Ronald Anicete who was stabbed by a drug suspect. The incident was caught on CCTV.
"Kaunting pagkakamali natin, palalakihin 'yan ng media. Sigurado 'yan! Sigurado!" Dela Rosa told the cheering policemen at Camp Bagong Diwa.
"'Yung kasamahan natin. Si PO1... nasa ospital pa ngayon. 'Yung nasaksak sa Caloocan. Na-magnify ba 'yun ng media? Hindi, di ba? Bakit? Hindi magandang balita 'yun," he added.
Dela Rosa proceeded to compare the amount of media coverage on the death of Kian delos Santos to that of PO1 Anicete, who was given an award by the PNP for his bravery.
"May nasaksak na pulis, di niyo pinapabalik-balik [ng coverage]. Pero itong kina Kian, itong kina Carl (Angelo Arnaiz), halos buong programa, paulit-ulit," said the country's top cop.
The killing of teenagers of Delos Santos, Arnaiz and Reynaldo "Kulot" De Guzman all involved Caloocan cops, sparking a public outrage over drug war killings. These incidents including an alleged drug raid that turned into a robbery prompted the relief of the policemen in the city.
Proud 'Bato' lauds Caloocan cops
A total of 1,024 Caloocan cops appeared at Camp Bagong Diwa as they start their retraining. Dela Rosa told his men that he is proud of them for what they have done in Caloocan.
"Sa harap ng media, sasabihin ko I'm still very proud of you. Kahit sabihin niyo 'yung mga tao ko, tarantado, I'm still very proud of them," he said, stressing how the Caloocan cops have been active in the war on drugs.
"Sa pag-atake nila sa problema, yung iba sobrang gigil na upakan yung problema kaya sila sumosobra. Kaya 'yan ay very clear, di namin kino-condone, di namin pinapabayaan, kaya andito sila ngayon, magre-retraining," he added.
Dela Rosa said the cops who will undergo retraining should not feel embarrassed as they face the issue at hand. He said anyone who would not complete the retraining will face possible dismissal for "neglect of duty."
The NCRPO earlier announced that 1,143 cops were to participate in the retraining but only 1,024 were cleared to do so. The rest were excused due to other considerations such as mandatory schooling, pregnancy, and other reasons.
Dela Rosa said cops involved in the controversial cases will not be part of the retraining as they are currently in custody pending administrative and criminal investigations.--with reports from Jeff Canoy and Henry Atuelan, ABS-CBN News