Bato Wants Police Officials Linked in Shabu Cover-up to be Removed

Sen Bato Appeals to Sack Police Officials Involved in Shabu Cover-up

Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa appeals to remove all police officials involved in the cover-up of billion worth of illegal drugs called “shabu”.

In his statement, the Senator called for the firing of all police officers involved in the seizure of P6.7 billion in illegal drugs last year. Former PNP head who led the drug war under former President Rodrigo Duterte says all policemen should be charged immediately if there is sufficient evidence against them.

“Hindi na dapat manatili. Dapat matanggal para di sila maka-impluwensya sa outcome ng investigation,” said Dela Rosa, former PNP Chief, in an interview with dzBB’s Super Radyo.

“At the same time, kung may ebidensya na tayo kasuhan na ang [dapat] kasuhan para hindi pamarisan,” he insisted.

Bato Shabu Cover-up Police

Dela Rosa made the announcement a day after Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos urged two police generals and other PNP officers to take a leave of absence after they were discovered to be implicated in a multibillion-peso drug smuggling operation. Abalos also determined that there was an attempt to cover up the occurrence.

In a series of buy-bust operations in Manila in October 2022, authorities seized 990 kilos of drug paraphernalia worth P6.7 billion, the greatest capture in the country. Among those detained in connection with the confiscated drugs is Police MSgt. Rodolfo Mayo was fired right away.

Police Brigadier General Narciso Domingo, director of the Philippine National Police’s Narcotics Enforcement Group (PDEG), is expected to take a leave of absence, along with nine other officials, to allow for the narcotics inquiry.

Last month, Dela Rosa, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, undertook his own investigation into this. Dela Rosa confirmed Abalos’ name but temporarily halted the probe to await the outcome of the Napolcom investigation.

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