PNP chief Bato: War on drugs on hold, we’ll clean out ranks first

  • PNP chief said anti-drug operations suspended indefinitely
  • They will focus on cleaning police ranks of scalawags first
  • He also announced creation of counter-intelligence ops vs scalawags

MANILA, Philippines – It’ll be a war on scalawags for now.

Announcing a suspension on the ongoing campaign against drugs, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said they will focus on cleansing their own ranks of corrupt cops in the wake of Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo’s kidnap-slay.

“Humanda kayo ngayon, kayong masasamang mga pulis. Wala na kaming war on drugs. Meron kami ngayong war on scalawags. Lilinisin namin ang hanay namin ngayon. Then after that, maybe, babalik na kami sa war on drugs. Linisin muna namin sabi ni Presidente,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

[Rogue cops, beware. There is no war on drugs for the meantime. We’re shifting to war on scalawags. We will clean our own ranks first. Then after that, maybe, we can resume to the war on drugs. We’ll clean our ranks first according to the President.]

While not giving a timetable, Dela Rosa said he is confident they can do it in as little as one month provided everyone cooperates.

“I don’t know how long will it take to cleanse the PNP, but with each and every one of us cooperating, I am sure, kahit sabihin mo sigurong one month, kaya naming gawin ‘yan [even if you give us a one-month deadline, we can do it],” he said.

To meet this objective, Dela Rosa said the PNP will form a counter-intelligence task force composed of incorruptible officers against these scalawags.

“Siguraduhin natin na ang magiging leader nito (task force) ay beyond question, beyond doubts. Kailangan malinis ito na tao at matapang, kayang bumangga sa tiwaling pulis,” he said.

[We have to make sure that the leader would be without question and doubts. He needs to be clean, courageous and has no qualms about fighting rogue cops.]