Sen. Bato downplays VP’s ICAD report

Published January 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Hannah Torregoza

Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa downplayed on Sunday Vice President Leni Robredo’s claim that the Duterte government’s war on drugs is a failure, saying public perception is a best instrument to measure whether it is a success or not.

Senator Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa (Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa / Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa
(Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa / Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Huwag na tayo magdebate sa sinasabi niya dahil wala naman laman ang sinasabi niya. Magtanong na lang sa mga tao (Let’s not debate on what she said, because there’s no substance on what she said. Just ask the people),” Dela Rosa said in a interview over GMANews TV.

Dela Rosa, former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, was reacting on Robredo’s 40-page report on her findings as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

“Tignan mo naman yung 80 percent plus ang naniniwala na successful ang drug war. Ang mga tao nagugustuhan ang ginagawa natin. Kasama sya sa 16% na hindi naniniwala, na hindi satisfied. Respetuhin natin ang kanyang opinion (Look at the 80 percent plus who believe the drug war is successful. The people like what we are doing. She is part of the 16 percent who are dissatisfied. Let’s just respect her opinion),” Dela Rosa said.

Dela Rosa also joined Palace officials and other allies who earlier criticized Robredo for coming up with a report containing her findings and recommendations to the government’s anti-narcotics program during her 18-day stint as ICAD co-chair.

The former PNP chief also rejected Robredo’s assertion that the government failed to arrest big-time drug lords who are mainly responsible for the tons of illegal drug shipments in the country.

Robredo, he said, should have considered the government’s efforts to curb the illegal drug problem, not just on how many have been eradicated.

“Pasalamat siya na nahuhuli ang kilo-kilong droga. Kung wala bang nahuli ibig sabihin ba wala nang suplay na pumapasok? Pag maraming nahuhuli marami pa rin ang pumapasok? It doesn’t follow. Walang logic yun (She should be grateful that kilos of illegal drugs are confiscated. If no one is arrested, does that mean there are no drugs entering the market? If there are many people arrested, does it mean a lot of drugs are still entering? It doesn’t follow. There’s no logic there),” he pointed out.

Dela Rosa further scored Robredo’s report saying she should have compared the efforts of the previous Aquino administration at curbing illegal drugs to the current government’s massive war on drugs.

“Hindi kagaya noon na maraming bawal (kaya) tignan mo naglipana ang mga malalaking shabu lab all over the Philippines. Napakaraming difference between us and them (Unlike before there are so many limits, that is why huge shabu laboratories are all over the Philippines. There’s a huge difference between us and them,)” he reiterated.

“Kung gusto nya magkumparahan tayo: Noong panahon nila ang droga ay hindi iniimport, dito mismo ginagawa. Ang lalaki ng shabu lab na giniba natin. Ngayon kung may shabu man na nakapasok galing ito sa China, Taiwan, HK, di galing dito sa atin (if she wants to compare: during their time, drugs are not imported, they do it here. The shabu laboratories that we were able to dismantle were big. Now, if there is shabu that enters the country, it usually comes from China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong. It doesn’t come from here),” the senator explained.

Dela Rosa said it is obvious that the vice president’s report is part of the opposition’s plan to get more sympathy from the masses that is why it is insisting that only small-time drug users ended up being the casualties in the drug war.

“Iyan naman palagi iniinsist nila. Pagdating sa isang ordinaryong pusher na lumaban sa pulis namatay masyado sila maingay. Pero pagdating sa malalaki mga mayor sa Ozamis, Leyte Mayor Espinosa, yung malaking namatay sa Iloilo kinasuhan tahimik sila wala sila masabi. Small fish ba yun? (That’s what they always insist. When it comes to ordinary pushers that were killed because they fought against law enforcers, they are so noisy. But when a mayor, like Ozamis Leyte Mayor Espinosa, the government official in Iloilo who was charged, they are quiet. Are these people considered small fish?)” he pointed out.

“Gusto lang talaga nila magfocus sa maliliit kasi kumukuha sila simpatiya. Ayaw nila aminin na may malalaking isda na tayong nakukuha (They really just want to focus on the small time users because they get sympathy from them. They do not want to acknowledge that the government was also able to get the big fish in the anti-drug operations),” he stressed.

 
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