The usually jolly and relaxed Philippine National Police (PNP) Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa was in no mood for jokes when he faced members of the police force allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.
During a press conference at Camp Crame on Monday, Dela Rosa sternly lectured 32 police officers who turned themselves in after the president named them in a 'narco' list over the weekend.
"Hinarap ko kayo, sana lalaki kayo kausap. After this, pag na-implicate pa yung pangalan niyo papatayin ko kayo," Dela Rosa said as he cursed every now and then.
According to GMA News, 32 police officers, including a retiree and 25 local officials went to Camp Crame to clear their names after being included in President Rodrigo Duterte's list.
They will undergo an investigation which will be conducted by the PNP Internal Affairs Service. Meanwhile, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group will probe the local officials.
On Sunday, Duterte released a list where he named policemen, politicians and judges who were allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. He also asked them to surrenderd within 24 hours or face the consequences.
But Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said that some of the judge’s names were questionable as one was dismissed in 2007 while another died way back in 2008.
Dela Rosa's move is all part of the Duterte administration's war on drugs that has seen thousands in mass surrenders and over 500 people killed since the president assumed office.