By: Elena Grace Flores
The new chief of the Philippine National Police, Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, said police should not be cowed by the upcoming congressional inquiry. He vowed that PNP would solve the country’s illegal drugs problem in three to six months – as promised by the president. De la Rosa justified drug killings by saying “fear was a good deterrent”.
Seator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III believed the Senate should leave the investigations with “The Napolcom (National Police Commission) and the DOJ (Department of Justice). The Senate should draft a legislation to warrant an inquiry”; he said. Sotto also suggested earlier to create more rehabilitation centers to stop the illegal drugs trade – but this strategy will work only in a long-term basis and not within the 3 to 6 months time bluff.
The police force’s cramming over the deadline would certaily lead to more human rights violations – and it’s just a matter of time that civil war would break out and President Duterte would be in trouble even before or after the 6 months deadline they put upon themselves.