- Gen “Bato” Dela Rosa revealed that a SC magistrate has received death threats from a detained drug lord
- The PNP chief said he is planning to meet the SC justice to discuss the matter
- Dela Rosa, however, declined to disclose the names of both the SC magistrate and the drug lord
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has revealed that at least one of the Supreme Court magistrates has received death threats from a drug lord who is currently detained at the National Bilibid Prison.
Dela Rosa said the SC justice has approached him and sought help after allegedly receiving threats from a detained drug lord who is from Region 4A.
While the PNP chief declined to name both the drug lord and the magistrate, he is planning to set up a meeting with the latter to discuss security matters.
“Tine-text ata siya o tinatawagan siya. ‘Di ko pa siya nakakausap sa personal pero marami na ang lumapit sa akin tungkol sa sitwasyon niya na tulungan siya dahil kawawa naman,” GMA News quoted Dela Rosa as saying.
[I think he’s been receiving text or calls. I haven’t spoken personally to him/her yet, but there are people who approached me about the situation and asked me to help the magistrate.]
This seemed to confirm a report by Ramon Tulfo on Inquirer that one of the SC associate justices is in grave danger of being assassinated after he allegedly argued strongly on the affirmation of a life sentence for a certain drug lord at Bilibid.
The drug lord allegedly learned about the magistrate’s strong arguments on the affirmation of his conviction on an assassination case of a regional trial court judge and want him liquidated.
The Supreme Court is also hesitant in asking for security escorts from PNP or the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for fear of getting men who are into illegal drugs themselves.
But Dela Rosa said he is worried that the bounty on the magistrate may have been released before the Special Action Force (SAF) took control of the Bilibid, which means the latter is in danger of being assassinated.