By Martin Sadongdong
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa today advised Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano not to put malice on their data showing alleged suspicious “patterns” in the conduct of the government’s war on drugs.
Dela Rosa aired the advice after Alejano pointed out that most of the anti-illegal drug operations were conducted on the wee hours of the night, or from midnight to 6 a.m., which cast doubt on the integrity of the PNP. Alejano said some policemen might have used this to conceal their “unlawful activities” and prevent people from witnessing such.
“Aminado tayo facts talaga ‘yon, totoo ‘yon (most operations are done during night time). He was speaking based on facts pero huwag naman sana bigyan ng… please do not put malice on those facts (We admit, those are facts, that’s true. He was speaking based on facts but please do not put malice on those facts),” Dela Rosa told reporters in a press briefing.
Dela Rosa reasoned out that most operations were conducted at night because it is when the drug dealers usually operate.
“Totoo man iyan, gabi. Kahit sa inyo, sa barangay ninyo, may adik ba na nagbebenta sa umaga? Wala, sa gabi iyan, tulog iyan sa umaga. Hindi ka pwede magkaroon ng buy-bust operations sa umaga, tulog man sila (That’s true, (we often conduct operations) at night. Even in your barangays, are there drug addicts selling at daytime? None, it’s mostly done at night because the (drug suspects) are asleep during the day. We cannot conduct buy-bust operations in the morning because they are sleeping),” he explained.
Alejano also claimed police are planting caliber .38 revolvers with defaced serial numbers on the slain drug suspects, to justify the reasons of cops that drug suspects were armed and resisted arrest or “nanlaban,” Dela Rosa said.
Dela Rosa slammed these pronouncements and added that the latter doesn’t know the ways of police operations since he was a Navy officer.
Alejano countered that he was speaking as a congressman and not a Navy Officer, adding that Dela Rosa should not take his observations as criticisms but as recommendations to improve their work and not as a move to destabilize the Duterte government — a thing which was gladly accepted by the PNP chief.
Dela Rosa also said he couldn’t give an assurance that he will not “cry” when the critics of President Duterte decide to stage a coup d’ etat against the government because it will “hurt” his feelings.
“Yes noted. Kahit na sabihin niya na kung mag-kudeta sila hindi ako iiyak, hindi ko mabigyan ng kasiguruhan ‘yan dahil tao lang ako, hindi ako plastic, hindi ako robot. Kapag ako’y nasasaktan at sumama ang loob pwede pa rin akong iiyak, kaya iiyak pa rin ako kung mangyari ‘yun (Yes noted. Even if they say they are to stage a coup and I should not cry, I can’t assure that because I’m only human, I’m not plastic, I’m not a robot. If I’m hurt I’m allowed to cry, so I will if that happens),” he said.
Alejano meanwhile told Dela Rosa not to link his criticisms to ouster plots.