PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa will be joining President Duterte in his historic China state visit where the chief executive is expected to tackle the drug problem in the country including threats posed by Chinese drug manufacturers.
“He (President Duterte) asked me to be there also. Mauna ako sa kanya. Nasa Brunei pa siya, hindi ba? Mauna ako. Baka mamaya nandun na ako,” the PNP chief told newsmen at Camp Crame.
The PNP chief however did not say what will be his mission in China.
“Hindi ko masasabi. Mga classified ‘yun. Pagdating namin, pag-usapan namin. Tingnan ko kung ano ang pwede kong i-share sa inyo. Pero all others hindi muna siguro. Depende,” he said.
However, he said that China police might help them identify drug lords in the mainland who are using the Philippines as a major base for their operations.
“Baka identify na ng China police ‘yung mga drug lord doon at pagdating ko doon meron ng boxing ring at magsuntukan na lang kami doon,” he joked.
De la Rosa had recently been to Colombia and Thailand.
Earlier, the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency said Chinese, African and Mexican drug syndicates are facilitating the supply of illegal drug users in the country which is estimated to be around 3.7 million as of June this year.
Chinese syndicates dominate the drug market in the country. They are responsible in the manufacture and bulk smuggling of shabu into the country. Most members of these syndicates include Chinese drug lords incarcerated at the National Bilibid Prisons who were still able to continue their illegal drug activities by facilitating the smuggling of shabu and the establishment of shabu laboratories in the country. Reportedly, they control 70-80 percent of the supply of shabu in the country.
In his 100-day report on the war against illegal drugs, PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña said the voluntary surrender during the period of 733,635 drug personalities, which comprises 24 percent of the 3.7 million drug users nationwide, is considered a “breakthrough in the history of drug law enforcement in the country.”