Dela Rosa: Korean's slay, Senate probe lowest points of my career


Posted at Apr 16 2018 11:36 AM | Updated as of Apr 16 2018 12:44 PM

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MANILA - Director General Ronald dela Rosa said Monday he considered the killing of a Korean businessmen allegedly at the hands of policemen as among the lowest points in his career, as he prepared to relinquish command of the Philippine National Police.

Anti-narcotics agents allegedly abducted Jee Ick Joo from his home in Pampanga in October 2016 under the guise of a legitimate operation and then killed him on the same day inside Camp Crame. The kidnappers also allegedly demanded millions of pesos from Jee's widow.

"Iyung Jee Ick Joo case, iyung pinatay dito sa loob ng kampo, iyun talaga ang pinakamababang point ko na umabot ng hanggang sa my voluntary resignation from this force," said Dela Rosa, who will step down from his post on Thursday.

(The Jee Ick Joo case where the victim was killed inside the camp, that was really my lowest point, which even triggered my voluntary resignation from this force)

President Rodrigo Duterte rejected Dela Rosa's resignation over the controversy.

The PNP chief then faced a Senate investigation into the government's war on drugs, breaking in tears at one point as he denied that the PNP had a policy to kill drug suspects.

Dela Rosa said the inquiry was the second lowest point of his career.

"Iyung sunod na baba, iyung maharap ka sa Senate na defenseless ka, kaharap mo iyung mga senador na wala kang magawa kundi lamunin na lang iyung sama ng loob dahil resource person ka lang doon," Dela Rosa said.

(The next lowest was facing the Senate defenseless, where you can do nothing but swallow your grievances because you are just a resource person.)

"Hindi mo sila kayang sagutin nang pabalagbag dahil mga honorable sila e... Tiniis mo na lang hanggang sa mapaiyak ka sa sama ng loob," he added.

(You can't answer rudely because they are honorable so you just hold back until you break down.)

ABS-CBN News, 16 April 2018