PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa yesterday said they have recorded a 49 percent reduction in the daily average crime rate since they started a massive campaign against illegal drug trafficking and abuse last July 1.
“Our campaign against drugs has its highs and lows,” the PNP chief told officers and men of the National Capital Region Police Office headed by Chief Superintendent Oscar D. Albayalde during the NCRPO’s rain-drenched celebration of the 115th Police Service anniversary in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.
He spoke of the “highs and the lows” in the wake of the success of the police in neutralizing and arresting notorious drug dealers and forcing the surrender of over 600,000 confessed drug personalities biz-a-biz the human rights issues which have hounded the organization since the start of the Duterte administration.
“High pag maganda accomplishment natin. Pag low, pag tayo ay iniimbestigahan pero patuloy pa din, nakatayo pa din tayo and ready to face the elements of the environment ,” he said. “We can stand and never back down,” the PNP chief told his rain-soaked officers and men.
However, Gen. de la Rosa vowed they will never back down from any investigation into drug-related killings including the one to be conducted by the Senate next week.
According to him, the PNP leadership will face a Senate investigation next week, as international criticism mounted over alleged human rights abuses over the President’s relentless anti-crime campaign.
He also stressed that data from the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management clearly shows a 49 percent reduction in the average daily crime rate in the country.
“It’s a historic reduction in the crime volume and certain drug-related crimes have started to go down too,” the PNP chief said.
De la Rosa said that “the campaign is just starting but let’s pursue our drive in accordance with law and human rights protection.”
Although he commended the NCRPO for reducing crimes in Metro Manila and scoring well in the campaign against drugs, the PNP chief again reiterated his warning on drug-dealing cops.
“It’s unacceptable. I don’t want to see cops in drugs. I won’t tolerate such misdemeanor as we can only win the campaign against illegal drugs if we win the campaign within our own ranks,” he said.
In particular, he called on police non-commissioned officers specifically those with the rank of Police Officer 1 and Police Officer 2, not to “idolize” their seniors who have become rich due from illegal drug activities.
“We must have zero tolerance for drugs. We did not enter the service to become rich. Please do not be blinded by money,” he said.
Gen. de la Rosa also said he wants to see “more heroes” within the PNP’s ranks in the coming days while the PNP leadership continues to look into the needs of the policemen on the beat.