Dela Rosa to CBCP: Cops turned informers must have affidavits
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa dared the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to produce sworn statements from the cops who have shown willingness to surrender to the Church to testify on extrajudicial killings.
"Ano basis nila dyan? But sana naman huwag nila gawing fishing expedition. Kung totoo man i-present nila sa Senado, walang problema, kunan nila ng affidavit i-present sa Senado," Dela Rosa told reporters who brought up the issue on Tuesday, October 3. (What is their basis for that? I hope they won't use it as a fishing expedition. If what they will say is true, present them to the Senate, there's no problem there, get their affidavite and present them to the Senate.)
Dela Rosa's comments come after CBCP president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that they have met cops who sought to testify about vigilante-style executions—killings that have been linked with the PNP.
Villegas's comments were in his capacity as a bishop and not as the president of the CBCP. He said the lawmen were seeking the protection and help of the whole Church. (READ: In the PH drug war, it's likely EJK when...)
Dela Rosa said he seeks sworn statements as their interest in the PNP is aligned with those of the tattletale cops, which is to cleanse their ranks of the police.
"As I have said, kahit na kami tatamaan whatever basta katotohanan lang, huwag lang yung fabricated, gawa-gawa—importantante ang katotohanan," Dela Rosa said.
(As I have said we will also get hit as long as it is the truth, not the fabricated, the made-up—the truth is important.)
The PNP chief added that they will not punish the tipster cops if they stand up, as long as they continue doing their jobs without going AWOL.
"Whatever purpose pupunta sila doon, mag-seek [asylum], magtatago sila doon, eh 'di hindi na sila magrereport for duty. Ma-a-AWOL sila. That's the policy
but it doesnt mean na pinipigilan namin sila," Dela Rosa said.
([For] whatever purpose that they go there, to seek asylum or to hide, then they won't be able to report to duty. They will be marked AWOL. That's the policy, bit it doesn't mean that we are stopping them.) – Rappler.com