#NoFilter: PNP chief explains why drug war dead are mostly poor

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 22 2016 05:35 PM

In their all-out war against drugs, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa said the unequal number of killed drug trade suspects from different socio-economic sectors was bound to happen.

In an episode of #NoFilter @ ANC, Dela Rosa told Teddy Boy Locsin and Professor Prospero De Vera that their anti-drug campaign chooses no one, and it hits everyone guilty along its way.

"Matamaan na yung matamaan, wala tayong pinipili," he said.

But he reasoned, statistically, there really are more poor drug pushers than rich drug lords.

"So, talagang mas maraming mahirap na involved sa droga, kakaunti lang itong mga drug lord na nagpapa-run sa businesss saka mahirap talaga makuha dahil very complicated yung situation, so mas marami talagang matamaan na mababang tao," said Dela Rosa.

The PNP Chief also explained how the rights of the police and the rights of the drug personalities weigh against each other.

He defended the bureau against allegations of shortcutting due process and violating human rights, saying they are only following their standard procedures.

"I don’t care kung may mamatay diyan, basta ang importante, nasunod yan, and and important dyan, buhay yung pulis natin, hindi yung criminal yung buhay," he said.

"After the smoke is cleared, ang importante, nakatayo yung pulis, yung criminal ang tumba," he said.

- No Filter @ ANC, 22 July 2016