Fearless forecast: Bato Dela Rosa vows 70-90 percent wipeout of illegal drug trade by Jan. 1, 2017

  • PNP chief vowed to wipe out 70-90 percent of illegal drug trade by January 1, 2017
  • He urges policemen to quicken the pace in the next four months as they try to meet their goals
  • He also ordered them not to lower their guard against other crimes like terrorism

MANILA, Philippines – With the year drawing to a close, PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa vowed the destruction of 70 to 90 percent of the illegal drug trade by January 1, 2017.

“Our fearless forecast is that by January 1, we will eliminate 70% to 90% of drugs,” Rappler quoted him as saying.

To achieve this goal, Dela Rosa told policemen to pick up the pace in the next four months.

“In the war against drugs, let us continue even stronger for the next 4 months. We cannot afford to let our guard down. So in our fight against illegal drugs, don’t let the enemy hit you. Stay alive to survive because there is no Commission on Human Rights that will feed your family and send your children to school,” he said.

Promising to be a good father to his subordinates as long as they also follow the law, Dela Rosa also urged them not to let their guards down against other forms of crime such as terrorism.

“Following the recent Davao bombing, we must be more vigilant and alert against all forms of violence,” he said. “Bear in mind that we are not focusing our efforts only on the drug problem. Terrorism is once more rearing its ugly head, and we cannot afford to let our guard down now.”

“We also cannot forget our others problems like street crimes, robberies and car theft which endanger the lives of the people,” Dela Rosa added.

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