In response to US’ comment on EJKs in PH: Palace eyes sending Bato to US to investigate racial killings

  • The Malacanang Palace is planning to send Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to the United States
  • Bato will be tasked to investigate over racial killings
  • Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said it is a response to the comment of the US about extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

The Malacanang Palace is planning to send Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to the United States to investigate racial killings.

In an article written by Aries Cano of Abante, it was disclosed that Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said President Rodrigo Duterte plans to send Dela Rosa in the US, particularly in Charlotte.

“It is a response to the comment of the Uni­ted States about the human rights and extrajudicial killings (EJK) reports in the Philippines. In other words, along those lines, it seems to us in the administration na pinanghihimasukan tayo ng ibang bansa sa ating sariling mga ginagawa at [that other countries are meddling with our own efforts and] government policy against illegal drugs,” Andanar said.

“They paint a very sordid picture about it. So therefore, it is a response to that ‘no.’ Kung panghihimasukan mo kami, padala natin si General Bato doon at tingnan din natin kung anong nangyari roon. Paimbestiga­han natin para fair lang, ‘di ba [If you want to interfere with us, we will send General Bato there and let us see what happened there. Let’s investigate, too, just to be fair, right]?” he pointed out.

Andanar stressed that the Philippine government does not interfere with the issues of other countries.

“Since when did our country interfere with the internal issues of a fo­reign land? Iyon lang naman, hindi naman tayo nakikialam, at ayaw din naman nating pakialaman tayo [That’s our only point. We do not meddle with them, we also do not want them to interfere with us]. It’s a signal that mind their own business,” he stated.

The official, on the other hand, said he will have to ask the president on the exact date when Bato will fly to the US.

“Well, I have to ask the President kung kailan, at kung how serious the extent of the message to us,” he said.

Just recently in Charlotte, 43-year-old black man Keith Lamont Scott — a father of six — died following an altercation with the police. Initial reports disclosed that the police were searching for a different man.

You may watch the video of the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, which was taken by his own wife, here.

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