CALLS for Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to quit snowballed yesterday at the House of Representatives as two more lawmakers called on the embattled top police general to submit his courtesy resignation and allow President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte to decide his fate.
In separate interviews, House Deputy Minority Leader and Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) party-list Rep. Lito Atienza and Antipolo City Rep. Romeo Acop said dela Rosa has no other option but to submit a courtesy resignation to the President or immediately leave his post following the murder of kidnapping victim South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo inside the PNP national headquarters at Camp Crame by his policemen captors led by Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta. Isabel
“We support Speaker Alvarez’s call for him to resign because of that major failure of the national police leadership. This is a big scandal for the country, the Duterte administration and the ongoing war on drugs. Under the principle of command responsibility, it dictates that he should take the bullet for the President and no alibis can possibly soften public anger on what had happened to the South Korean victim,” Atienza explained.
Acop, who chairs the House Committee on Public Order and Safety, said dela Rosa can ease the burden of the President by submitting a courtesy resignation as soon as possible.
“Kung ako si PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa, magte-tender ako ng courtesy resignation kay Presidente,” Acop told Rowena Salvacion’s Buena Manong Balita radio morning program over dzBB.
“I will not let the President decide on the suggestions or recommendations of other people. Ako na mismo ang magte-tender ng courtesy resignation ko. Kasi nangyari sa aking bahay at sarili ko pang mga tao ang involved,” Acop, a lawyer and ex-police general who served as comptroller during the time of then Philippine National police chief Director General Panfilo “Ping” Lacson who is now a three-term senator, said.
On the other hand, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) founding chair Dante Jimenez said the call for dela Rosa to resign is still premature, but “it is a wake up call for him to work double time.”
“I understand where Speaker Alvarez is coming from because Congress is the one appropriating budget for police operations. But his resignation is premature, in fact he worked hard to address this problem. Nakakahiya lamang talaga ang nangyari kaya dapat siyang mag-trabaho ng husto. He should refrain also from doing some unnecessary media or publicity stunt by observing proper decorum as head of the PNP,” said Jimenez in a separate interview.
Teresita Ang See of the Movement for Restoration of Peace and Order (MRPO) did not make a comment on thecall for dela Rosa to resign, stressing she was not aware of the Speaker’s position.
Ang See disclosed last week that at least 11 “tokhang for ransom” cases committed by scalawag policemen have been reported following the government’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs.
Atienza explained dela Rosa’s departure will give the PNP the opportunity to regain its already tarnished image even before the killing of South Korean happened.
“There is no way he can retain himself and we urge the President to let him go and choose a better man who will not be an embarrassment to his anti-illegal drugs campaign,” Atienza stressed.
“He can no longer effectively convince the public that he can do the job. He should enjoy life and give the PNP a chance to excel and regain public trust. The very sad fate of the South Korean victim made him lose his ability to effectively lead the PNP,” Atienza explained.
Acop also said that he was shocked and embarrassed by the illegal activities of some police officers nowadays despite the presence of a tough-talking president.
“For the PNP, it is a big blow. One, it happened within the national headquarters. Two, mabuti sana kung sibilyan ang gumawa kaso sarili nilang mga tao ang gumawa ng krimen. Kaya double whammy sila,” Acop explained.
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