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‘Bato’ asks men to talk to him, not air ‘gripes’ to media

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
  • Published in Nation
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A DISAPPOINTED Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa yesterday berated unidentified police officials who have been airing their ‘gripes’ on the ongoing government’s war against drugs to the media instead of directly telling him their concerns.

The PNP chief made the statement after learning that some unnamed police officials have been saying negative things about the ongoing war versus drugs to the press, the latest of them reported by Reuters which wrote that some drug figures being presented by the police are ‘bloated.’
   
Reuters interviewed one officer who spoke on condition of anonymity.
   
“Kung may __ sila, ako kausapin nila. Kung kayo ay dissatisfied sa nangyayari, be open to the Chief. Kung ayaw niyo akong kausapin, regional director niyo ang kausapin niyo, huwag ’yung sa media kayo magsasabi ng ganon,” the top cop said during a command conference at Camp Crame.
   
Duterte added that some officials who are ‘undermining the effort’ of the Duterte government when it comes to the campaign against drugs, crime and corruption could be punished for insubordination and conduct unbecoming of an officer.
   
It was the first time that the tough-talking Gen. Dela Rosa blew his top in a command conference since he took over as PNP chief last July 1. In a previous command conference, Journal Group sources said that PNP deputy chief for operations Director Benjamin B. Magalong came to the defense of the PNP chief when one police regional director raised his voice while talking to Dela Rosa and explaining to him the result of their anti-drugs war.
 
Magalong, according to the sources, ‘cautioned’ the official who also happened to be an upperclassman of Gen. Dela Rosa and told him that it’s not the proper way to talk to the Chief PNP and “that we are offended by that.”
   
Police generals who were present at the said command conference said that Gen. Dela Rosa merely shrugged off the incident and said it was OK with him. The top cop then allowed the conference to resume without going after his upperclassman.