Dela Rosa: More than 100 drug suspects killed since May 10
MANILA (3rd UPDATE) - Three of the five high-ranking Philippine National Police (PNP) officials linked to the drug trade by President Rodrigo Duterte met with PNP Director General Ronald Dela Rosa at the PNP Headquarters on Wednesday.
Some who attended the meeting said the three police officials -- Police Director Joel Pagdilao, Chief Superintendents Edgardo Tinio and Bernardo Diaz -- looked sad and vulnerable.
In a press conference, Dela Rosa described the meeting as emotional. “I wanted to cry with them. They wanted to explain their side. I listened to their side,” Dela Rosa told reporters.
Duterte on Tuesday named Pagdilao, Tinio, Bernardo, Deputy Director-General Marcelo Garbo Jr. (retired), and Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot (retired) as the police officers allegedly protecting drug syndicates.
PNP spokesperson Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos said the atmosphere in the meeting was tense, with one of the generals in tears while the others were teary-eyed.
“It’s a normal human emotion na dumadaan sa ganitong pagsubok. Hindi po maitatago nung tao eh. Yung aming hanay nabibigla, nalulungkot. At the end of the day, we are looking on how the organization can stand up better, stronger after this cleansing,” he said.
The meeting lasted for more than an hour. When asked what they talked about, Dela Rosa said, “Yung aming mga usapan sa loob is purely intimate and personal. I cannot discuss it in public. Amin na lang yun. Ang akin na lang maibigay ay ang aming official relationship as officers of the PNP. Yung aming personal is amin na lang yun.”
His only advice to them is to face the music.
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Dela Rosa believes that there is sufficient evidence to indict the 3 generals.
He said, “Si Presidente is a good lawyer. He has been a prosecutor for a very long time. Hindi siya magsasalita kung walang basis. Sigurado ako meron siyang basis.”
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An intelligence source told ABS-CBN that some pieces of evidence may come from years of information gathered by the US Drug Enforcement Agency. The information has reportedly been shared with the PNP.
But Dela Rosa was quick to say that he is not in a position to discuss anything about the case of the police generals.
He said, “Kung meron man ganun, 'di ko pwede i-discuss. We don't want to preempt (an) investigation. Hintayin na lang natin kalalabasan. The president can have the access to all intel and info na nakakalap dito sa Pilipinas at sa ibang bansa. He's the president.”
Dela Rosa warned that this was just the beginning of a series of exposés, divulging the names of all personalities involved in the illegal drug trade.
“Hindi sa listahan ko pero sa listahan ni Presidente mukhang meron pa. I don't want to preempt him from divulging those additional info. Hintayin na lang niyo kung meron siyang ilalabas. My observation is meron pa siyang sasabihing additional pangalan.”
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He also praised the performance of the PNP's ongoing anti-illegal drugs operation, wherein almost 100 drug suspects have been killed since May 10.
He said, “Excellent. 100 di ba? So 100 kung sa grado yan, excellent.”
The allegations against the three PNP officials and two retired officers will be referred to the National Police Commission and Department of the Interior and Local Government for proper investigation.