Pro-Duterte cop faces probe for FB posts


MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it will look into a police officer's partisan posts on Facebook, following the PNP's pledge to remain apolitical in the May 9 elections.

PNP Deputy Director General Danilo Constantino advised members of the PNP to avoid posting controversial pictures and statements on social media.

A recent Facebook post of Chief Supt. Ronald dela Rosa, where he threatened to "crush" those planning to cheat on election day, has gone viral.

"I am the Brigade Commander of the PNP RSSF (Reactionary Standby Support Force) composed of 8 battalions close to 5,000 personnel based in Camp Crame. Kayong mga mangdadaya at mangliligalig ngayong May 9 elections, humanda na kayo! WE WILL CRUSH YOU!!! Kung sa binisaya pa LIGSAN TA MO!!!" Dela Rosa said in his post.

Dela Rosa, who is from Davao City, has other Facebook posts that show his support for leading presidential bet Davao City Mayor Duterte.

According to Constantino, Dela Rosa has been relieved of his duty as brigade commander of the Reactionary Standby Support Force (RSSF). He said, however, that this is not because of the latter's Facebook posts, but because of his tasks as executive officer of the PNP Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development (HRDD).

"Police Chief Supt. Ronald Dela Rosa is the ex-o [executive officer] of HRDD. Alam naman natin dito sa national headquarters ang workhorse ng directorate, mga executive officers, we are tasking him in giving orientations to our NHQ [national headquarters] personnel. Marami-rami, it might take few days bago matapos 'yon, considering napakarami nila, baka hindi matapos ang sessions, kelangan tutukan ng HRDD yon," he explained.

He added that they will look into Dela Rosa's posts and determine if he can be held administratively liable for his posts.

"We will ask the [PNP] internal affairs to look into this, kung mayrong possible administrative liability si Chief Supt. Dela Rosa regarding posting sa Facebook account niya," Constantino said.

"I believe it is addressed to everybody. Wala naman siyang partikular na pinatatamaan, o pinatutungkulan sa kanyang posted statements. As I said, papatingnan natin kung may administrative liability," he added.

Last week, PNP Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez said around 150 officials of the police force had signed a pledge to remain neutral in the coming elections, following a report that four police generals were allegedly seen in the company of supporters of Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas. - with a report from Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

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