The military loyalty to the administration is crucial to prevent destabilization. PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa as directed by the president, stops the war on drugs and focus the fight against corrupted police officials. This is an excellent strategic move based on the Ver-Ramos history during the Marcos Era. Bato might uncover a bigger scandal within his backyard.
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[VIDEO]: Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa says before they go full throttle on their war on drugs, there is a need to “cleanse the ranks” first.
Do not Let History Repeats Itself
General Ver became Chief of Staff in August 1981. He commands more than 160,000 troops. The force grows threefold since Martial Law is declared in 1972. His appointment was resented by the so-called professional faction or “elite” class in the military. Most of those anti-Ver men are educated at West Point or at the Philippine Military Academy, modeled after West Point. The candidate preferred by the professional military at that time is Gen. Fidel V. Ramos, also a West Point graduate. General Ramos became Acting Chief of Staff when General Ver stepped down. He directed the intelligence apparatus but denied involvement in human rights abuses committed allegedly by his people – even after he became the head of the Philippine Constabulary.
Computerized Collection System
Dela Rosa announces the reorganization of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) involved in the kidnapping for ransom and murder of a South Korean businessman, Jee Ick Joo. AIDG, Supt. Rafael Dumlao III has to defend himself in the accusation that he masterminded the abduction of the victim, who was taken from his home in Angeles City, Pampanga province, on Oct. 18 last year and killed inside PNP headquarters. Embarrassingly near the office of General Bato.
Cleansing in the Police Force
The president intends to create a “narco police” command to eliminate the bad men in uniform in the drug trade. The new command will be under PDEA. This has raised doubts among human rights groups that the “Oplan Tokhang” campaign is not really suspended but re-organized.
Justice for the Drug War Extra-Judicial Killings
The New York-based Human Rights Watch does not buy the suspension of the war on drugs and regarded it as a mere public relations stunt. It seeks true accountability for the unjust drug-related killings accumulated after the new president took office.