No cover-up: 'Bato' defends tagging some NBI men to kidnap

Jeff Canoy, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 29 2017 04:57 PM

MANILA - Philippine National Police chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Wednesday said that it is up to the National Bureau of Investigation to file a case against the organization over his remarks.

Director Dante Gierran said the NBI was contemplating filing charges against the PNP over Dela Rosa's statements in the kidnapping of a South Korean businessman that allegedly maligned the reputation of the agency.

"Well nasa kanila yan. Basta sinabi, based on our investigation, lumabas na alleged nga merong 3 NBI at yung 2 BI so yun
ang lumabas sa investigation natin," said Dela Rosa.

"Ako siguro sa tagal na, 1 and half year ako, ako yung tao na hindi nagtatago. I don't want to cover up on anything. Yun ang lumabas sa investigation and we never made up that story," he added.

"Bakit hindi ko sabihin yan, lumabas sa investigation namin. Gusto nyo itago ko? Anong purpose nun itago ko."

Dela Rosa however said he is sorry if the NBI was hurt by his statements but reiterated that both the PNP and the NBI are after internal cleansing in their respective agencies.

Dela Rosa said that he will also talk to Gierran about the issue. 

"Sabi ko nga sa kanila, kung merong pulis na involved hindi man ako nahihiya na may pulis na involved. Please kung may pulis na involved sa kalokohan, upakan niyo," he said.

"After all we are after internal cleansing, after good governance na gusto natin maayos gobyerno na hindi masira. Hindi yung magkublihan tayo. Ang purpose ko naman doon hindi ako naninira ng ahensya," he said.