PNP chief refutes Robredo’s charges

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
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PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa yesterday dismissed Vice President Leni Robredo’s allegations that police are employing the so-called ‘palit-ulo’ scheme in the conduct of its Oplan: Double Barrel Reloaded.

He also denied charges made by Robredo’s camp that they failed to answer her official letter regarding the matter. The PNP chief said that his office and other PNP units immediately react to complaint-letters coming from the ordinary Juan dela Cruz, much more the Office of the President.
“Sinabi lang nila ’yun nu’ng mag-react ang PNP sa interpretation nila ng ‘palit-ulo.’ Ang sinasabi ko dito ay kahit ordinaryong tao, inaaksiyunan namin ang reklamo, mas lalo pa ’yung sa Vice President,” said Gen. Dela Rosa.
The PNP chief and other Palace officials denied Robredo’s charges that police are employing a “palit-ulo” scheme on a tactic in which police snatches the relatives of their target drug personalities and uses them as ‘collaterals’ to force the suspects to surrender.
Dela Rosa dismissed the charges as ‘unfounded’ with presidential spokespersons describing them as suitable for deceiving the public and the international community.
Taking exception to her claim, Malacañang stressed that the Vice President was misinformed in her claims against the Duterte administration.
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said Robredo’s statement will merely confuse the international community on President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drugs policy.
“The online message of VP Robredo is misleading and consists of bare assertions that are not based on evidence. Thus, her intention to present the same during the annual meeting of the UN (United Nations) Commission on Narcotic Drugs is not only misplaced, but also unfortunate,” he noted.
Gen. Dela Rosa yesterday challenged their accusers to bring policemen who are employing the alleged ‘palit-ulo’ scheme so that he can punch and beat them in their presence.
“Kung me ganyan talagang kaso, iharap ninyo sa akin at susuntukin ko sa harap ninyo. Bubugbugin ko sa harap ninyo kasi I won’t tolerate such practice,” he said.
The PNP chief said however that police usually tells an arrested drug offender to cooperate with them in arresting his or her main suppliers. In case the suspect agrees to it and lead officers to successful big anti-narcotics operations, he or she is slapped with a lesser drug offense --say illegal drug possession -- which could allow him/her to post bail.