Information on senator allegedly benefitting from illegal drug operation not from PNP: Dela Rosa

By Perfecto T. Raymundo

Philippine National Police chief Director General Roland Dela Rosa speaks to politicians and police officers named by President Rodrigo Duterte as allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. Some personalities on Duterte's list "voluntarily surrendered" at Camp Crame on Monday.(MNS photo)

Philippine National Police chief Director General Roland Dela Rosa speaks to politicians and police officers named by President Rodrigo Duterte as allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. Some personalities on Duterte’s list “voluntarily surrendered” at Camp Crame on Monday.(MNS photo)

MANILA,   (PNA) – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronaldo “Bato” Dela Rosa on Wednesday denied any knowledge about the information divulged by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte about a senator who is allegedly benefiting from the operation of illegal drugs.

In his speech during the 115th Anniversary of the Police Service in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Wednesday, President Duterte said that allegedly a “lover-driver” of a senator was collecting money from illegal drugs, the proceeds of which, was even used to finance the construction of the house of the senator’s lover.

In an ambush interview, Dela Rosa debunked that the information in the possession President Duterte emanated from the PNP.

The PNP Chief said that as of now, they did not have in their possession of such an information, adding that, the information reaching the President were coming from many sources and not only from the PNP.

Dela Rosa expressed his apprehension that it might be personally taken against them when they attend the investigation-in-aid of legislation by the Senate next week just because of such an issue.

Hence, he said, the PNP had no knowledge about the source of information of the President.

Likewise, Dela Rosa said that the surfacing of such a controversy would not impact on their appearance before the Senate.

The PNP Chief assured that they would focus on giving their answer and providing the necessary data to the Senate in connection with the issue on extrajudicial killings happening in the country.

Dela Rosa earlier on Tuesday said that they have scientific evidence leading to the conclusion that the extrajudicial killings were not committed by vigilantes, but rather, by the drug syndicates themselves who were killing each other.

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