Bato: 'Dissolve' PNP, gov’t if we don’t trust drug war statistics

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Posted at Jul 08 2020 11:54 AM

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The Philippines should just "dissolve" its government and police if the public does not trust the statistics on the war on drugs, said former police chief Sen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, after the United Nations reiterated its call for accountability on deaths linked to the crackdown.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet last week asked Manila to support "international accountability measures" on 25,000 alleged deaths under the drug war supposedly carried out "without due regard for the rule of law, due process and the human rights of people."

The figure is higher than the government tally of 8,663 drug-related deaths cited by Bachelet's office.

"If you do not trust PNP numbers, dissolve the PNP. If you do not trust the government, tanggalin ang gobyerno (remove the government). Let the human rights (groups,) sila ang mag-rule sa ating bansa (Let the human rights groups rule our country)," said Dela Rosa, who led the drug war at the time he was PNP chief.

He also claimed that the UN call was based on “ridiculous and preposterous” reports by local rights monitors.

"Sino siya (Bachelet) para magsabi nang ganoon dito sa atin? Nakapunta na ba siya dito, naobserbahan ba niya kung ano'ng nangyayari dito?" the first-term senator told ANC.

(Who is she to say that about us? Has she ever been here, has she observed what is happening here?)

Dela Rosa said he would "welcome" any representative that the UN could send to assess the drug campaign. "But it's not for me to decide. It's an executive decision," he added.

ANC, July 8, 2020