MANILA—"Hindi ka pulis."
This was the response of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa to Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano's recent observations on "Oplan Tokhang," the anti-drug campaign of the police force.
Alejano said he observed that drug raids mostly happened at dawn and suggested that this was so because it allegedly helped police officers to "conceal their unlawful activities."
He also raised the possibility that officers might be using .38-caliber revolvers to plant evidence at crime scenes.
"Hindi kasi niya alam 'yan kasi Navy siya, hindi siya pulis. Hindi niya alam na 'yung transaksyon sa droga ay nangyayari sa gabi at sa madilim na lugar," dela Rosa said.
"Congressman Alejano, I am very sorry to tell you na hindi mo alam 'yung pattern dahil you are a Navy officer, hindi ka pulis."
(He doesn't know the pattern because he is part of the Navy and is not a police officer. He doesn't know that drug transactions happen at night and in dark places. Congressman Alejano, I am very sorry to tell you that you don't know the pattern because you are a Navy officer and not a policeman.)
Dela Rosa also responded to Alejano's observations linking .38-caliber guns to the congressman's suggestions of planted evidence.
"If you are a criminal gusto mo ba gumamit ng baril na
may lisensya na may serial number na ma-trace sa iyo o sa kaninumang tao na madadamay sa ginawa mong krimen? So gagamit ka ng unlicensed firearm and .38, yes dahil ang .38 ang pinaka-easily available in the underground market," Dela Rosa said.
(If you are a criminal, do you want to use a gun with a license and serial number that can be traced back to you or any other person who did the crime? So you'll use an unlicensed firearm and a .38-caliber gun is the easiest to buy in the underground market.)
Dela Rosa also challenged Alejano to conduct an investigation as the police force has nothing to hide.
"As I have said, mag-conduct sila ng investigation and malaman nila ang totoo. Wala kaming tinatago. You can open our hearts, " he said.
(Conduct an investigation to find out the truth. We are not hiding anything. You can open our hearts.)