Bato declare cops’ drug links



CEBU CITY-The reshuffle of police officers in Central Visayas, including those credited with all the killing of two prime drug lords within the area, was triggered by police involvement within the illegal drug trade, in line with Philippine National Police chief, Director Common Ronaldo “Bato” dela Rosa.

Dela Rosa, inside a press conference here on Monday, did not name names but said some officers within the regional police office are getting money in the drug trade. Some mayors in the area, he said, had been also related to drugs.

Dela Rosa apologized to Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, who had previously been angered by way of the change in police officers in Cebu City, who had been credited together with the killing of two suspected drug lords in Bohol and Las Pinas City in Metro Manila. “I’m sorry, sir, in case you felt poor that individuals removed your city director. Your police are identified using the illegal drug trade,” dela Rosa mentioned, addressing himself to Osmeña.

“There are policemen here who're receiving funds from drug syndicates in the guise of what ever. They received anything,” he mentioned. Osmeña had protested the transfer of two of his preferred officers-Patrocinio Comendador Jr., who was removed as Central Visayas police chief and Benjamin Santos Jr., who had previously been removed as Cebu City police chief. The mayor mentioned he would cease the reward program he previously initiated for policemen who kill criminals inside the city. Dela Rosa drawn Osmeña to reconsider his choice, saying police in the city necessary the assistance from the mayor inside the fight against drugs.

Dela Rosa, even so, stated the war on drugs would continue or with out Osmeña. The PNP chief mentioned if Osmeña will not assistance the campaign, “what am I able to do?” “What will happen to Cebu if he does not support our policemen?” dela Rosa mentioned.

He stated he may well at the same time seek aid from the private sector if Osmeña refuses to help city policemen because of the reshuffle.

H/T:inquirer

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