Bato dares human rights group to file charges against him for war on drugs

Published April 19, 2018, 3:35 PM

by iManila Developer

By Aaron Recuenco

Retired national police chief Ronald dela Rosa dared Thursday an international human rights group to file charges against him in connection with deaths and alleged abuses in the conduct of war on drugs.

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa
PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“Huwag silang sige ngakngak (They should stop making noise). They should file the case if they have the evidence and we will face it,” said dela Rosa.

The official was reacting to the statement of the New York-based group Human Rights Watch that dela Rosa should be held accountable for thousands of Extra-Judicial killing under the war on drugs which targets mainly slum dwellers.

“When Ronald Dela Rosa retires on Thursday as director general of the Philippine National Police (PNP), he will leave behind a police force with a sordid human rights record unmatched since the Marcos dictatorship,” said the HRW in a statement.

“As police chief, Dela Rosa deployed the forces that have waged President Rodrigo Duterte’s murderous ‘war on drugs.’ That campaign has targeted mainly urban slum dwellers and resulted in the deaths of more than 12,000 men, women, and children by police and police-backed vigilantes,” it added.

Dela Rosa emphasized that they have not condoned any wrongdoing of their men in the conduct of intensified campaign against illegal drugs.

For instance, he said that all the Caloocan City policemen were sacked from their posts over the series of killings in the area, including the death of Kian delos Santos and Carl Angelo Arnaiz.

On the other hand, several policemen were also arrested by the PNP’s anti-scalawag unit for extortion racket on people they would arrest under the guise of war on drugs—like the kidnap-slay case of Korean Jee Ick Joo.

“We are not condoning if there are abuses. Look what we’ve done to the abusive policemen in Caloocan. We filed the case, it is the PNP itself which is running after them,” said dela Rosa.

He argued that what the HRW is doing is clearly a case of trial by publicity.

Dela Rosa then vowed that he would face the charges that would be filed against him, including that of the International Criminal Court.