'Bato' threatens to break necks of scalawag cops

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Posted at Nov 14 2016 11:54 AM

I'll break your necks, Bato warns 'kotong' cops

Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa. Albert Alcain, Malacanang Photo

MANILA - Philippine National Police chief Director Ronald dela Rosa on Monday threatened to "break the necks" of law enforcers who are abusing the government's anti-narcotics drive to extort money from the public.

Dela Rosa said scalawag cops are coercing businessmen and drug suspects to give bribes to have their names removed from the PNP's drug watchlist.

"Inaamin ko na marami pa ring mga pulis namin dyan na scalawag na ginagamit iyung war on drugs namin para sa pangingikil ng pera. Mayroong mga pumupunta sa mga negosyante, sinasabihan ang mga negosyante na ikaw po ay kasama sa watchlist namin sa aming war on drugs, ikaw po ay drug personality. Tinatakot hanggang sa lumalabas na iyung pera," he said.

Dela Rosa warned that he will "break the necks" of policemen if he catches them committing abuses.

"Hindi po namin kino-condone iyan. Iyung mga pulis po na gumagawa niyan, I promise, kapag mahuli ko kayo, babalian ko kayo ng leeg," he raged.

(We don't condone that. To policemen who do that, I promise that if I catch you, I will break your neck)

He also urged the public to help the PNP police its ranks.

"Kahit kayo ay drug lord, drug pusher, kapag tinakot kayo ng pulis para magbigay kayo ng pera para matanggal ang pangalan ninyo, i-report po ninyo sa akin iyan, sa inyong kapulisan," he said.

"Iyung kasalanan ng pulis na nangongotong na iyan, times two iyun sa kasalanan niyo bilang drug pusher kaya mas ipa-priority ko iyung pulis ko na nangungurakot kaysa sa inyo, ipa-priority kong i-neutralize. I will neutralize them."

(Even if you are drug lords and pushers, if you are being threatened to give money to clear your names from the watch list, report to me, to your police. The sins of corrupt police men are double your own as drug pushers, so I will prioritize neutralizing them.)