'Bato' urged: Solve barrio doctor's murder

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Posted at Mar 03 2017 03:40 PM

PNP Chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa

MANILA- Newly installed Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto is urging Philippine National Police Chief, Director-General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to solve the murder of a barrio doctor in Lanao del Norte.

Recto said Dela Rosa should make it his “personal mission” to find the killers of Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas who was shot dead last Wednesday.

“Bato should make it his personal mission to find the killers of Dr. Dreyfuss Perlas… As a government scholar himself (MSU and PMA), Bato should find it not hard to empathize with the familiar story of a Iskolar ng Bayan foregoing private practice for the happy but hardship post of serving the people.,” Recto said Friday.

Dela Rosa earned his Bachelor of Science degree in public administration from Mindanao State University before entering the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) as part of the PMA Sinagtala class.

Recto also hailed the slain Perlas and called for justice for his death.

“Whoever saves a life, saves mankind, which Dr. Perlas did everyday to that part of the world he had made a better place,” Recto said. 

“When a doctor is killed, the whole world gets sick. The only way to cure this sickness is to bring the perpetrators to justice."

Photo Courtesy of: Annie Luz Andrade-Vargas

Perlas, who hails from Aklan, has been in Lanao del Norte province under the government's Doctors to the Barrios program since 2012.

He worked to improve health services in the province and was nominated for the Bayani ng Kalusugan award and was hailed as one of the region's top “health heroes.” 

“As one who had spent most of his career in the hinterlands, Bato should be the first to know that rural deployment, while challenging, should not be paid with one's life,” Recto added.

Recto also called on the government to ensure the safety of doctors and other medical professionals who work for the government.

“Doctors take the famous oath to do no harm. But for them to carry out their duty, government should see to it that the rule Do not harm doctors is followed as well,” he said. 

“We therefore owe, it not only to Dr. Perlas, but to his colleagues who form the rural health corps, the thousands of underpaid, overworked government doctors, nurses, midwives who are in the frontline of the war against diseases, that justice be served,” he added.