MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa on Tuesday admitted that some names of personalities with alleged links to the illegal drug trade were inadvertently included in the list submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte.
The initial batch of Duterte's so-called ''narco list'' was questioned by administration critics after it included deceased personalities, including a judge who was killed in an ambush 8 years ago and several dead law enforcers.
Dela Rosa explained some of the deceased law enforcers were not stricken of the list by the adjudication board.
''Sometimes hindi ma-convene ang adjudicaton board ng watchlist sa counter-intelligence or whatever, kaya hindi na natanggal ang pangalan, kahit na patay na,'' Dela Rosa told reporters in Davao City.
(Sometimes the adjudication board is not convened that's why some names are not being stricken off even if a person has already passed away.)
''Kasi takot rin naman magtanggal sa listahan iyung in-charge, dahil hindi nga na-adjudicate eh. So as is. Umakyat ang listahan doon kay presidente. Iyan ang nagiging rason."
(People in charge are afraid to modify the list. It becomes 'as is'. And then it reached the president. That's the reason.)
But Dela Rosa downplayed the inaccurate entries on the list and said this was just being blown out of proportions by critics of the administration.
''The Duterte admin is just one month old pa lang, hanapan niyo na agad ng pagkakamali? Sige lang, criticize ng criticize. You will not derail us from our efforts, from our firm resolve to end this scourge, this drug menace,'' he said.
(The Duterte administration is just one month old, and here you are already finding faults? Go ahead, criticize. You will not derail us from our efforts, from our firm resolve to end this scourge, this drug menace.)
''You can criticize us to high heavens, but we will do our job. We have a mission to do."
Some 150 judges, local government officials and law enforcers were named by Duterte. Around a third of these personalities have turned themselves in to authorities, such as Dela Rosa and various regional police directors.
Dela Rosa said more personalities will be named.