PDEA chief 'happy' over Dela Rosa's term extension

Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 22 2018 07:23 PM

PDEA chief Director General Aaron Aquino and PNP chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa. Composite

MANILA- Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Director General Aaron Aquino on Thursday welcomed the term extension of the country's top cop.

Aquino said he is happy with President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to extend the term of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa.

"We're happy and of course, we respect the decision of the President. Kung ano gusto ng Presidente, we are for him," he told reporters.

(What the President wants, we are for him.)

Dela Rosa earlier said he was ready to step down after his supposed retirement from the service last January, but Duterte extended his stint as PNP chief for another three months.

The PNP chief said his term could be extended up to a year.

The 2,000-strong PDEA was tasked by Duterte to take the lead in the anti-drug campaign last year after the roughly 175,000-strong PNP faced allegations of abuse in the drug war.

The PNP last month relaunched its flagship "Oplan Tokhang" (Knock and Plead) after it was taken out of the drug war campaign for over 2 months. 

The PDEA chief also said that Dela Rosa has remained as one of the President's hardworking and trusted men.

He also reiterated the anti-drug agency's support for the police.

"Nakikita niya (Duterte) siguro sa pag-extend ni chief PNP, mas makakaganda [na] we are supporting. The PDEA will always support the PNP," Aquino said.

(The President probably sees that in extending the term of the PNP chief, it will be better if we are supporting it. The PDEA will always support the PNP.)