“Bato” admits complete eradication of crime in 6 months not achievable

  • The soon-to-be PNP Chief said total eradication of crime in 6 months is not doable
  • Chief Supt. Ronald Dela Rosa said he will periodically set goals against which the PNP’s success would be measured.
  • Dela Rosa said it is up to President-elect Duterte and the Filipino people to pass judgment on the PNP’s performance after 6 months

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s self-imposed deadline of suppressing crime and illegal drugs across the country within the first six months of assuming the presidency is now being doubted by his appointed Philippine National Police chief.

Incoming PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa admitted that total eradication of crime in the country cannot be achieved in just six months.

“In six months, dapat 100 percent. Ganun kataas ang aming objective. Pero I am sure di namin makaya yan ng 100 percent,” Dela Rosa was quoted by GMA News Online as saying during a news conference.

[In six months, it should be 100 percent. That’s how high our objective is, but I’m sure we cannot achieve that 100 percent]

In earlier interviews, Dela Rosa said suppressing crime and illegal drugs in six months is attainable.

“Oo, attainable ‘yan… kaya ‘yan. Hindi kaya kung hindi tayo kikilos at ang komunidad hindi tutulong,” he said then.

[Yes, it’s attainable. It’s doable. It won’t be doable if we will not act and the community does not help]

Dela Rosa’s plan now is that the PNP under his watch will periodically set goals against which the national police’s success would be measured.

“Halimbawa, in 3 to 6 months kailangan 50 percent of the problem must be solved. Statistics ha. Tapos pagkatapos ng three months, yung another 50 percent kailangan maachieve namin,” Dela Rosa said.

[For example, in 3-6 months, 50% if the problem must be solved. Then after 3 months, we need to achieve the other 50%]

“Hindi namin makuha yan talaga yan 100 percent. Siguro kung mabagsak man kami maabot kami ng 60 percent lang o 70 percent,” he added.

[We can’t achieve an outright 100%. But, even if we fail, the least we could achieve would be 60% to 70 %]

He said after six months, he will present a report to the president and it is up to Duterte and the Filipino people to pass judgment on the PNP’s performance. He promised not to “doctor” the statistics to make it appear that they succeeded.

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