By Aaron Recuenco
The buck stops at President Duterte.
Director General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), is cold on any move from the United Nations to investigate the alleged human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings.
“Who would I follow? Those foreigners investigating or my President,” dela Rosa replied when asked of the planned investigation by the United Nations on the war on drugs.
“If the President says go ahead cooperate, then I would follow. But if the President say don’t talk, then I will not talk,” he added.
The same is true, according to dela Rosa, with regard to the documents that may be asked by the investigators with respect to those killed in police operations during anti-drug operations.
The United Nations is reportedly planning to conduct investigation on Duterte’s war on drugs amid allegations that drug personalities are deliberately being killed.
Critics said it is the President himself who has been urging the police to kill through his statements that also include declarations that are interpreted that he would protect cops who would kill drug addicts.
“If the President says don’t give documents, who am I to defy his instructions?” dela Rosa asked.
But so far, he said Duterte has not given any formal order regarding cooperation or noncooperation on any investigation, especially those that would be conducted by the UN.
All that he has been relying on, he said, was the President’s speech asking the PNP not to cooperate with the investigation.
“My discretion is to refer to the Commander-in-Chief. Ultimately, the buck stops at the President,” said dela Rosa.
“Siya lang naman talaga ang pinupuntirya nila,” he added.