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Inhibit from EJK probe? Bato says: ‘Ako ba ang pumatay?’

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 02:15 PM June 25, 2019

MANILA,  Philippines—As new chair of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, Senator-elect Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said he is ready to investigate any allegations of extrajudicial killings in the country.

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At this point, however, the former Philippine National Police chief saw no reason why he should inhibit from such investigation.

“Bakit ako mag-iinhibit, ako ba ang pumatay? Hindi man ako ang pumatay,” he said in an interview at the Senate after attending a briefing for incoming senators and staff.

(Why should I inhibit, am I the one who killed them? I did not do the killing?)

Dela Rosa stressed that he just wanted the truth to come out.

“Do you think na kung hindi ako mag-i-inhibit, hindi lalabas ang katotohanan?” he asked reporters, “If you think na hindi lalabas, so mag inhibit ako.”

(Do you think if I do not inhibit [from the investigation] the truth will not come out? If you think it’s not, then I will inhibit.)

Asked if he would not be biased with the investigation, Dela Rosa said: “Ah hindi, iba na ako ngayon. Senador na, senador na ako. Hindi na ako pulis.”

(No, I’m [performing a different task] now. I’m now a senator; no longer a policeman.)

The former police chief will officially assume his post in the Senate on June 30.

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But even before his assumption in office, Senator Panfilo Lacson has decided to give up his chairmanship of the public order panel for Dela Rosa. (Editor: Jonathan P. Vicente)

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