PNP chief: Deaths in PNP anti-drug ops are just usual
OZAMIZ CITY—Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa said there was nothing unusual in the deaths of some suspects during anti-drug operations because these individuals really put up a fight.
Dela Rosa said what would be unusual if all those being arrested during the so-called “one-time, big-time” operations had been shot dead.
“Magtaka kayo kung patay lahat. Marami namang buhay na nahuli (You should start to wonder if everyone is dead. There were suspects arrested and they are alive),” he said in a speech before members of the city’s police force on Thursday.
Despite the deaths related to the police anti-drug operations, Dela Rosa said the PNP “still needs to step up.”
“The problem is still there,” he said.
Dela Rosa also urged policemen to just do their job and avoid politics.
“We should not care about politics, we should just maintain order and safety,” he added. JPV
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