“Huwag kayong pauuna. Huwag ninyong intindihin ang isasampang kaso sa inyo haharapin natin ’yan. Hindi mapapakain ng human rights ang inyong mga pa-milya kapag wala na kayo. Hindi puwedeng hintayin na paputukan kami bago kami gumanti.”
These are now the words to live by for members of the Manila Police District as left by feisty Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa when he met with the officers and men of the so-called ‘Manila’s Finest’ yesterday.
Dela Rosa was at the MPD Headquarters on UN Avenue in Ermita, yesterday to award a ‘Medalya ng Kagalingan’ to Chief Insp. Paulito Sabulao, who shot dead three men aboard a motorcycle in Malate, Manila, last August 2. He was also given a new firearm.
“Gusto ko marami pang mababaril na kri-minal ito, gamitin mo sa mga kriminal ’yan,” Dela Rosa told Sabulao when he handed over to him the new gun.
According to Dela Rosa, the encounter of Sabulao vindicated the police who have been receiving flak from human rights advocates and accusations that drug users and pushers are being killed unjustly.
What happened to Sabulao, he said, is a clear proof that criminals do engage cops in shootouts.
In the said incident, Dela Rosa said Sabulao would have been killed if he did not use his gun, as he cited an incident in Makati City where a cop was shot dead by a drug pusher.
For his part, Sabulao said the police now have a high morale due to the full support being given to them by the PNP and government echelon.
Also yesterday, the suspected holdupper who was shot dead by Sabulao had been identified as Roberto Manaloto.
Sabulao said he did not expect that Manaloto would fight them off like that, so he decided to stop him on his tracks.