Bato Dela Rosa says sorry for statement regarding execution of drug lords

  • After PNP Bato Dela Rosa’s urging statement on drug surrenders to kill drug lords and burn their houses down  he admitted that he was sorry for having said something undesirable
  • During his address on about 1,300 former drug users and pushers in Bacolod City, he encouraged them who surrendered to the police to go to the houses of the drug lords, douse their houses with gasoline and set them afire
  • Simultaneous with his speech in Iloilo, an alleged drug pusher in Pavia town, Iloilo was executed by police hours before Dela Rosa’s visit 

After Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa’s urging statement on drug surrenderees to kill drug lords and burn their houses down on Thursday, he admitted on Friday that he was sorry for having said something undesirable .

During his address on about 1,300 former drug users and pushers in Bacolod City, he encouraged them who surrendered to the police to go to the houses of the drug lords, douse their houses with gasoline and set them afire. He also added that while drug syndicates live luxuriously through illegal means, they ruin lives of many people.

“I said that because I felt bad. I was angry when I saw how the pushers and users (who surrendered) looked like zombies,” Dela Rosa told reporters at the Camp Martin Delgado, commemorating the 115th anniversary of the PNP. “They look like zombies. I hope they can recover,” he added.

During Dela Rosa’s speech in Iloilo city, he told policemen to continue the bloody war versus illegal drugs “within the (bounds) of the law and (respecting) human rights.”

“Are you ready to die? But first of all, before dying, are you willing to kill? This is what is important,” he said in his speech.

Simultaneous with his speech in Iloilo, an alleged drug pusher in Pavia town, Iloilo was executed by police in addition to a previous execution by police on another alleged pusher hours before Dela Rosa’s visit on Thursday evening.

Welner Gomez on Friday was declared dead on arrival after being shot to death by policemen for allegedly firing at operatives from a team involving the municipal, provisional and regional police offices.

According to a report by the Police Regional Office 6, Gomez was a “high-value target” due to his membership on a drug group “Prevendido”.

Police found a .45-caliber pistol and sachets of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” on him.

Four other companions of Gomez were arrested. They were: Francis Al Tijam, Mary Grace Padernal,Yannah Gabio, and Lester Lope. Elpidio Geroy, 13 hours earlier before the incident with Gomez, was also shot by policemen at Jereos Street in La Paz District in Iloilo City after fighting against a buy-bust operation. Police also arrested Kristoffer Paredes who was identified as one of his companions.

According to police, a .45-caliber pistol and suspected illegal drugs were also found from Geroy.

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