PMA alumni affix their names to an open letter declaring support for Dela Rosa

  • Philippine Military Academy alumni affix their names to an open letter declaring support for Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa
  • Dela Rosa is among the top personalities in President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called ‘war on drugs’
  • Dela Rosa officially assumed office as the PNP chief on July 1

The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) alumni have been affixing their names to an open letter declaring support for Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa; amid a lot of criticism in the so-called “war on drug”.

In an article written by Bea Cupin of Rappler, it was disclosed that while critics have been hitting the government and the police saying the aforementioned campaign targets only the poor, some PMA alumni apparently did not share the same view.

“The people who matter, the people who feel the changes brought about by the relentless war against drugs, the people who are victims, whose loved ones are victims and are now being rendered justice and the people who once lost hope but are now looking at a drug-free and peaceful Philippines want you and the whole Philippine National Police to know that they appreciate your efforts, your sacrifices, your lack of sleep, your fatigue and the extra ordinary risks you take. They can not thank you enough. They can not completely express the gratitude they feel,” said the statement.

Dela Rosa is among the top personalities in President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called “war on drugs”. Since the PNP chief officially assumed the post on July 1, over 11,000 drug suspects were arrested in operations around the country. “Oplan TokHang,” police’s literal knock and plead operation, have led to the surrender of more than 600,000 drug users and pushers.

The operations, however, have led to the death of over 700 drug suspects. Police are investigating more than 1,000 “vigilante-style” deaths they suspect to have been drug-related as well.

While many are criticizing the campaign, his fellows at PMA said he do not have to worry over “the senseless mumbling of the ‘righteous.'”

“Do not worry about the senseless mumbling of the ‘righteous’ nor the indignation of the now irrelevant civil society nor the vain attempt of ‘human rights’ activists to distort the truth and to give primary consideration to the drug peddlers and lords rather than the unfortunate victims,” the statement said.

“Despair not at the words of grandstanding politicians, the demagogues of falsehoods, the whores of ultimate power. They have been unmasked and stripped. Now the people know their ugliness, their evil, their real intent. Believe in your people. Those you have sworn to serve and die for if need be. Hear their collective voices, their prayers to the heavens for your safety and deliverance. They are your neighbors, the kids you grew up with, the teachers who honed you, your true friends through the years,” it added.

Dela Rosa was also told to remember his “brave ancestors.”

“Remember your brave ancestors, the heroism they bequeathed, the ultimate sacrifice they made. Be inspired by their love of country, by their love of their people, by their being true Filipinos. Live by their code and be immortal!” it was stated.

The manifesto of support was seen posted on the walls of several active and retired alumni of the PMA; and in several Facebook groups.

One may read the whole statement here.

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