PEOPLE remember what President Duterte has repeatedly said regarding the drug menace, with the announcement that PNP chief Director-General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa is one of this year’s winners of the Gusi Peace Prize.
The announcement comes at a critical time, when the Duterte administration, which ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022, is in the midst of a total war against the dreaded “drug monster.”
Time and again, Duterte had declared that eradicating the drug menace, along with poverty, unemployment and graft and corruption, was to be the focus of his six-year government.
With “Bato” at the helm of the 160,000-member PNP, the state hopes to rid the country of illegal drugs, pushers, users and their protectors in the government and private sector.
Given by the Manila-based Gusi Peace Prize Foundation, the annual award recognizes organizations and individuals who contribute to global peace and programs in a wide variety of fields.
The award was launched by Barry Gusi as a way to continue the work of his late father, Gemeniano Javier Gusi, a World War II guerrilla who later became a politician and a human rights advocate.
Among the Filipino awardees, aside from “Bato,” are former President Fidel V. Ramos, the late Sen. Robert Barbers, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr., the late Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes and movie actor Fernando Poe Jr.
During the incumbency of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, she issued Proclamation No. 1476 declaring every fourth Wednesday of November as “Gusi Peace Prize International Friendship Day.”
This year’s awarding ceremony was held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.
We salute the PNP chief from Mindanao and the rest of this year’s recipients of the prestigious Gusi Peace Prize Award.