Dela Rosa asks Church: Trust PNP


BEFORE criticizing the government’s war on drugs, members of the Catholic Church should join the renewed anti-narcotics drive to see for themselves what is really happening on the ground, the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said on Tuesday.

Director General Ronald dela Rosa made the challenge a day after Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo junked the PNP chief’s invitation for the religious sector to join “Oplan: Tokhang Part 2-Oplan: Double Barrel, Reloaded,” which was relaunched on Monday.

Still, dela Rosa appealed to leaders of the Catholic Church to trust and have faith in the PNP and help the national police force in the campaign against illegal drugs.

Pabillo described the invitation as propaganda and that the PNP would just use the religious sect to its advantage in its tokhang (knock and plead) operations.

Dela Rosa told reporters at the sidelines of the turnover of 50 patrol cars to the PNP at Camp Karingal in Quezon City that the presence of priests, pastors or imam (Muslim religious leaders) would give more credence to such operations.

He, however, said that one reason why the PNP wants to be accompanied by members of the Catholic Church is that drug suspects also believe in God.

Since the Church has been criticizing the government and its war on drugs, according to dela Rosa, its members should join the drive to see for themselves how Oplan: Double Barrel, Reloaded will be carried out.
He disclosed that he is planning make the rounds of dioceses to seek an audience with religious leaders to reiterate and explain to them the PNP’s invitation.

“I will try to arrange for a meeting. I had been told that I should visit some dioceses. Although I am a Roman Catholic, I do not really know the organizational structure of the Catholic Church,” the PNP chief said.

During introduction of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group, through which the new operation plan would be implemented, dela Rosa promised “less bloody, if not bloodless” operations as every police sting should be coordinated not only with barangay (village) officials but also with the dioceses, which will represent the religious sector that has been complaining about allegedly rampant drug-related killings.


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  1. Director General Ronald dela Rosa, at this time NO one trusts the PNP. What leads you to believe that the RCC will?

  2. Jose Samilin on

    Giving the time for PNP to organize the department, in the future the existence of Chaplain embedded in the PNP operations is the only way to distinguish a legitimate PNP operations with that of vigilantes operation. To further improve the system there is also a need for the media embedded in the operations, in addition to the Pastoral chaplaincy in order to outlaw any unofficial reporting coverage by both local and foreign media. This will prevent CHRs and International Court’s in their unnecessary intervention in the police business of a sovereign nation.

  3. Jose Samilin on

    According to Wikipedia, A military ordinariate is an ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church, of the Latin or an Eastern Church, responsible for the pastoral care of Catholics serving in the armed forces of a nation.

    Until 1986, they were called “military vicariates” and had a status similar to that of apostolic vicariates, which are headed by a bishop who receives his authority by delegation from the Pope. The apostolic constitution Spirituali militum curae of 21 April 1986 raised their status, declaring that the bishop who heads one of them is an “ordinary”, holding authority by virtue of his office, and not by delegation from another person in authority.[1] It likened the military vicariates to dioceses.[2] Each of them is headed by a bishop, who may have the personal rank of archbishop. If the bishop is a diocesan rather than a titular bishop, he is likely to delegate the daily functions to an auxiliary bishop or a lower cleric.

    Some nations have military ordinariates of the Anglican Communion, Lutheranism, and Eastern Orthodoxy.[3]

    The personal ordinariates for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church announced on 20 October 2009 are similar in some ways to the existing military ordinariates.[4] But the jurisdiction of military ordinariates is cumulative to that of the diocesan bishops.

  4. Jose Samilin on

    There should be a law creating a department of PNP Chaplaincy to be trained in the regular PNP function whose main duties is chaplaincy work both in the field and non-field operations who will also receive on equal level compensation with that of PNP ranks.

  5. Jose Samilin on

    There is no need for General Ronald Dela Rosa, the PNP Chief ti beg for participation of Clergy in the Tokhang Drug War operation, just put the job as an executive order, meantime, while the Congress craft a law.