'Bato' to cops: Better stay alive, bahala na yung kaso

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 24 2016 09:03 PM | Updated as of Aug 24 2016 11:24 PM

'Walang taga-human rights na magpapa-aral sa mga anak ninyo' 

MANILA - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" De la Rosa on Wednesday told policemen to stay alive and protect themselves during police operations.

"Dapat ang mga kriminal ang mamatay, hindi tayo. Isipin ninyo, 'pag kayo ay namatay, walang taga-(Commission on) Human Rights na magpapa-aral sa mga anak ninyo. Kaya you better stay alive. Bahala na 'yung kaso afterwards," De la Rosa said in a speech in Camp Vicente Lim in Laguna.

(They (criminals) should be the ones to die, not us (policemen). Think about it, when you die, nobody from the Commission on Human Rights will support your children's education. That's why you better stay alive. Let's deal with the cases after.)

For De la Rosa, drug users are not in their right mind, so it is essential for policemen to protect themselves at all cost.

De la Rosa also threatened to bring corrupt policemen involved in recycling illegal drugs to hell.

"Pero 'pag kayo ay gumagawa ng kasamaan, lalo na 'yung ginagawa ng mga pulis na nagre-recycle ng droga, hindi ko kayo sasamahan, pero ihahatid ko lang kayo sa impyerno. Ihahatid ko kayo sa impyerno," De la Rosa said.

De la Rosa earlier said that the PNP will never condone extra-judicial kilings, amid criticisms that President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-illegal drugs campaign has gone out of control.

"The PNP's stand against extra-judicial killings is uncompromising. If any policeman is found violating the law on self-defense, he will be investigated, prosecuted and punished,'' Dela Rosa told a joint hearing of the Senate committee on justice and human rights and the committee on public order and dangerous drugs, on Monday. - with a report from Jerome Lantin, ABS-CBN News

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