Dela Rosa needs to cut connivance between jail officials and drug lords

Published April 22, 2018, 4:26 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Hannah Torregoza

A tough job awaits former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa as incoming Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief, as he needs to cut the connivance between jail officials and imprisoned high-profile drug lords.

Senator Ping Lacson, Chairman of the Committe on Games and Amusements listens as PCSO's Ms. Sandra Cam speaks during the 2nd joint public hearing of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Controversy at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay City, Feb 12, 2018. MBPHOTO.CAMILLE ANTE
Senator Ping Lacson (MBPHOTO.CAMILLE ANTE)

“Ang unang-unang dapat ayusin doon ay ‘yung corruption, yung connivance between the jail guard, yung BuCor personnel at yung mga preso lalo na yung mga drug lords na napakaraming pera na doon talaga nag-ooperate sa loob, (The first thing he needs to fix there is the corruption, the connivance between jail guards, BuCor personnel and the imprisoned drug lords who are moneyed and are really operating inside the New Bilibid Prisons),” Senator Panfilo Lacson said in an interview over Radio DZBB.

A former PNP chief himself, Lacson said Dela Rosa will be facing a “heavy task” once he assumes his new position.

The senator said one of the biggest problems in the national penitentiary is their “backtracking” on the drug personalities they have already arrested.

He said even Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) director Aaron Aquino admitted it is difficult.

“Maski ngayon, si Director Aaron Aquino, every time na makakapasok sila sa labas, at nag-backtrack sila, isa lang ang direksyon na pinupuntahan eh, NBP. Not necessarily naman na doon nanggagaling ang drugs pero ang direction doon talaga nanggagaling sa loob,” he said.

“So once Bato solves the drug problem sa loob ng Muntinlupa, ang laki ng impact doon sa anti-drug operation natin sa labas,” Lacson stressed.

Dela Rosa will be replaced by PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde, who is also former National Capital Region Police Office chief.

Lacson pointed out that even if Dela Rosa is zealous enough to end illegal drugs, it is only “10 percent of the actual equation.”

“How he does it is another matter…Yung 10 percent na passion is more than enough pero, yung 90 percent na implementasyon, kumbaga nandoon yung pitso,” the lawmaker said.