Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa has a brilliant response on the question of his fellow senatorial candidate Human Rights Activist Atty. Chel Diokno.
During the senatorial debate hosted by GMA-7, Bato has been asked by the panelist about the Oplan Tokhang and how would he answer his critics who claimed that several members of PNP misused the said operation during his time.
The panelist mentioned the case of Kian Delos Santos and the Korean national Jee Ick Joo as an example on the alleged illegal acts made by some cops in the middle of Oplan Tokhang.
When he asked if he has a liability on the evil acts committed by some cops during the Oplan Tokhang, General Bato said that he believes that his only accountability in what happened is conscience.
“Ang aking pananagutan diyan ay konsensya lamang, ako’y nakokonsensya dahil nangyayari yan during my time.” Bato said.
“But when you say legal… Ito po’y pinanagutan na ng mga suspects dahil nga lahat ng mga sinesyon na cases during my term lahat po yan ay na solve, nakasuhan at nakulong at ngayo’y nakaharap ng kaso.. lahat ng pulis na nagaabuso. Dahil po ang internal cleansing ng PNP ay tuloy tuloy, wala pong hinto.” he added.
After Bato answered the question, Atty. Diokno tried to dig deeper and asked Bato about his order to ‘neutralize’ the alleged shabu user and pushers.
“Ang tanong ko po ay bakit niyo ginamit ang salitang ‘neutralize’ sa inyong utos sa circular sa tokhang, samantalang ang neutralize ay wala pong legal na depinisyon at madali po siyang ma-misintepret na ang ibig sabihin po non ay pum*tay,” Diokno said.
Bato quickly answered the question of Diokno, saying that the opposition where the latter belong are the problem, saying that they’re the one giving a bad impression on the word ‘neutralize’ in the circular.
He also explained the meaning of ‘neutralize’ in PNP.
“Ang masama diyan kayo kasi ang nagbigay ng masamang meaning ng neutralize,” Bato said.
“Ang sa amin, neutralize means render the enemy incapable of committing further cr*me or injuries, so hindi ibig sabihin na kapag neutralize hulihin mo siya.. neutralize na siya.. putulin mo yung mga tumutulong sa kanya sa krimen.. neutralize na siya pero hindi ibig sabihin nun ay p*tayin.” he added.
“Kayo lang ang nagbigay ng word na p*tay,”
Diokno only smiled while Bato was delivering his explanation.
The response of Bato received praise from the netizens and also from his fans who personally watched the debate.
As of writing the video uploaded on the internet reached 400,000 views on Facebook.