The country's top cop on Friday described as unfair an Amnesty International report that said Philippine police officers have not been held to account for the killings of alleged drug offenders.
Speaking to radio DZMM, Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa rejected the Amnesty International report that said meaningful investigations into killings of alleged drug offenders in the Philippines have failed to take place.
"Unfair naman 'yan kung totoong sinabi niyang ganun. Meron naman tayong imbestigasyon. May mga na resolved na tayong kaso. Walang kabuluhan na imbestigasyon, e anong nangyari dun sa mga pulis na nakakulong, mga kinasuhan at dinismiss?" he said in the radio interview.
Dela Rosa said the PNP under his leadership is currently undergoing an internal cleansing, with many corrupt cops being caught.
He earlier said he has already dismissed 352 police officers from the service for various offenses since he assumed his role as PNP chief.
According to data released by the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management, from 2016 to 2017, 167 police personnel have been dismissed with cases related to illegal drugs.
Among the 167, 146 tested positive for illegal drug use while 21 were involved in illegal drugs operations. Eight police had kidnapping cases, 22 were involved in murder, one cop had a rape case, 15 were caught involved in robbery/ extortion and and one in graft/malversation.
Earlier this month, the Caloocan City Regional Trial Court branch 125 issued a warrant of arrest against 3 policemen over the killing of teenage drug suspect Kian delos Santos last year. The 3 cops - Arnel Oares, Jeremias Pereda and Jerwin Cruz - are facing murder and torture charges for the killing.
Police had earlier accused Kian of drug links but admitted to senators they only learned about it on social media a day after they shot him dead.
Dela Rosa said the slow pace of the investigations of some cases involving policemen could mean that authorities are simply doing a thorough job.
He added that police authorities are not "soothsayers" who can just make up stories so that cases are deemed closed.
"Hndi naman kami mga manghuhula na pwede na lang gumagawa ng ano-ano. You must understand, imbestigasyon yan. Bakit naman ganun? Ngayon lang ba nangyari 'yan na hindi masolve solve ng pulis ang ibang mga kaso? Hindi lang naman ngayon yan. Alangan naman gagawa kami ng istorya para lang sabihin natin na ma-solve yan," he said.
DUTERTE LEADERSHIP 'LIKE A MAGNET' - DELA ROSA
The PNP chief also rejected a Worldwide Threat Assessment report of the US Intelligence Community that identified President Rodrigo Duterte as a possible threat to democracy in the region.
"Kanya kanya naman. Wala ba tayong karapatan na gumawa ng sarili nating assessment at magpakatuta tayo sa kanila, magpaka puppet tayo sa kanila? Sila lang ang masusunod? That is unfair. Being a nation, may sarili tayong prinsipyo dapat hindi sunod-sunuran kung ano lang ang kanilang sabihin," he said.
He also thanked Duterte for extending his term as PNP chief indefinitely.
"Nagulat nga ako na indefinite ang term extension ko. What can you expect sa Presidente? He is a leader full of surprises. Mahirap basahin yung kanyang mga desisyon," he said.
"Parang magnet ang kanyang style of leadership, hahanga ka sa kanyang liderato...May b***g, may puso may, malasakit," he added.