PNP chief: De Lima arrest shows gov’t winning in war against drugs

  • PNP chief lauded senator’s arrest as major gain in anti-drug drive
  • He said Bilibid drug trade would’ve continued to flourish sans De Lima’s arrest
  • He also assured senator of her safety while detained at Camp Crame

MANILA, Philippines – PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa lauded the filing of drug charges against Sen. Leila de Lima and subsequent arrest; saying it was proof that the government was gaining ground in its war against drugs.

“She was charged with drug offenses. That’s criminal. So meaning nagtagumpay tayo [we are winning],” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

According to Dela Rosa, the senator’s arrest show the kind of measures needed to stamp out the drug trade in Bilibid he said would flourish if the government does not do something drastic.

“Kung hindi naaksyunan ‘yung problema sa droga, lalong lumaki ‘yan ngayon. Sobrang laki na kung hindi natin giniba ‘yung drug empire sa loob ng Bilibid. Napakalaki na ng empire na ‘yan,” he said.

[If we didn’t do something about the drug problem, it would’ve become worse. It would have become so large if we didn’t destroy the drug empire inside Bilibid. That empire was already very large.]

The PNP chief also revealed having visited De Lima at her jail cell inside the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame where he assured her she was safe.

“She welcomed me and I talked to her. I told her, if security is your problem, you’re very secure here. You have nothing to worry about. You’re very safe here,” he said.

Dela Rosa added that De Lima has been a trooper so far inside her cell.

“I asked her if she was okay with the new paint because she has asthma. She said she can bear it, no problem,” he recalled.