MANILA - A close friend of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald ''Bato'' dela Rosa was among the alleged "narco-officials" who trooped to the PNP headquarters on Monday in a bid to clear their names.
Dela Rosa's supposed friend identified himself as Ohto Montawal, vice mayor of Datu Montawal, Maguindanao.
Speaking to Del Rosa at Camp Crame, Montawal said: "Sir, kilala mo ang pagkatao ko. Mag-best friend tayo simula't simula."
The PNP chief then put his arms around Montawal and confirmed that they are shooting buddies.
"Kasama ko ito palagi sa shooting... Isang team kami," dela Rosa said, patting his friend on the back.
But quoting President Duterte, dela Rosa said he is duty-bound to investigate all drug-linked officials even if they are his friends.
"Sabi nga ni President Duterte, kahit na kaibigan ko ang nasa listahan, moral obligation niya na basahin sa taumbayan."
Montawal, in turn, asked the top cop for a fair chance to debunk the allegation against him.
DZMM TeleRadyo, 8 August 2016