PNP: No tightened security for ‘Bato’

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said it sees no need to beef up the security detail of its chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, who had disclosed that drug lords are teaming up with a terror group to get him and President Rodrigo Duterte.

Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos, PNP spokesman, had cited the government crackdown on illegal drugs as the reason for the drug lords joining forces with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

The BIFF is a breakaway group of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which had signed a peace agreement with the previous administration.

As chief of the 160,000-strong PNP, de la Rosa plays a big role in the Duterte administration’s campaign to end the drug menace in the country within three to six months, according to the PNP spokesman.


Carlos, in a news briefing on Wednesday at Camp Crame in Quezon City, vouched for the qualifications of the men and women who ensure the PNP chief’s security, noting they are all members of the Special Action Force (SAF), the PNP’s elite unit.

“I think the qualifications and the background of the people around him now, they’re very strong… They… have been with the SAF, they have the proper training, they have the qualifications,” the PNP spokesman said.

Carlos pointed out that the PNP chief had undergone ranger training in the US.

“His (de la Rosa) job is not a joke… he just wants to deliver the promise of this government to rid the country of illegal drugs within six months,” he said in Filipino.

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