SC orders 'Bato', 5 others to appear in next oral arguments on drug war

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Posted at Nov 21 2017 08:26 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Solicitor General Jose Calida to present several government officials, including the national police chief, at the next round of oral arguments on petitions against the administration's war on drugs.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno ordered the attendance of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino, and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy, among others, at the hearing on Nov. 28.

"The court requests you, we kindly request you—directs you to bring the following with you: PNP General Ronald Bato, chief, DILG officer in charge Catalino Cuy, PDEA head Aaron Aquino, unless I’m wrong with the names," Sereno said at the close of the oral arguments that ran for about three and a half hours.

"The present officer in charge of the Dangerous Drugs Board, the head of the National Police Commission, and the head of the Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service. Please indulge us in this, SolGen," she said.

The High Court on Tuesday held its first round of oral arguments on petitions questioning government's anti-drug campaign. 

President Rodrigo Duterte has dialed down his anti-drug campaign, ordering the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to take charge of operations. The PNP has since terminated the controversial Oplan "Tokhang," its house-to-house knock and plead operations.