Despite being the orchestrator of the Duterte administration’s war against illegal drugs, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa had no apprehensions facing his past as a former drug user.
In excerpts of his interview with Boy Abunda’s The Bottomline aired on ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol, Dela Rosa came out clean and admitted that he took drugs way back during his younger years.
“Noong nag-college ako nakatikim ako ng marijuana. Twice ako nakapag-marijuana, na-high ako,” he said.
Dela Rosa also said the sheer amount of drug users and pushers turning themselves in has become a problem in terms of where to detain them.
“We are not prepared for that, yung influx ng surrenderees. We don’t have the right infrastructure to accommodate them, so ang nangyari ngayon nagreklamo na yung mga local government units,” he said.
When asked what was the most difficult part of anti-illegal drug operations, Dela Rosa replied that it was killing somebody. “Yung bang you have seen the life fading away from a person through his eyes,” shared the PNP chief.
“Hostage-taking situation yung nakita ko talaga pagbaril ko sa tao, nakikita ko yung life niya na slowly nawawala sa kanya through his eyes... So ganoon ang pinaka-hindi ko makalimutan na mga scene,” he added.
Dela Rosa, who served as President Rodrigo Duterte's police chief while the latter was still the mayor of Davao City, is now in charge of the national police force. He's tasked to impose a countrywide crackdown against illegal drugs.
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