A face-off between the incoming chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Chief Supt. Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, and one of three police officials who are believed to be involved in the illegal drug trade is nearing.
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte had dared these PNP officials to resign before he assumes his post in Malacañang on June 30.
Dela Rosa confirmed the meeting that is about to take place during a chance interview at Camp Crame in Quezon City but he declined to name the police official.
He said he would use diplomacy in persuading the three police generals to quit their posts.
Dela Rosa said he will convince them “not to tarnish the image of the PNP and not to wait for us to release evidence against them.”
“After this [diplomatic talk], we will file the necessary charges against these three police generals and give them a chance to defend themselves as part of due process,” he added.
Dela Rosa said he was not surrprised when he saw a list that Duterte had shown him since the three senior police officials are known to be involved in illegal drug operations.
“They… receive drug money or they [tell]their men to recycle illegal drugs seized during police operations,” he added.
The incoming PNP chief revealed that there are some police generals calling or texting him, fishing for information on who are these three police officials are.
“They already knew that they are the ones being referred to… they better watch out because Digong [Duterte’s nickname] and Bato are coming to town,” dela Rosa said.
A police intelligence officer based in Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the PNP in Quezon City, said two of these three senior police officials are based in the camp.
“The other one is assigned at the National Capital Regional Police Office,” the intelligence officer added but asked that he not be named since he was not authorized to speak on the matter.