MANILA, Philippines – On its last screening day, Gen. Bato Dela Rosa’s movie had only 8 viewers despite that it was already a ‘FREE’ movie.
A Filipino netizen has posted the photo stating, “Kahit libre na, wala paring nanood sa movie ni Bato. It shows the general sentiment of Filipinos to the useless and merciless drug war that the PNP general was involved in”, said by Arthur Macanas.
BATO TO DRUG WAR VICTIMS: YOU CAN GET JUSTICE IN HEAVEN
Dela Rosa, who previously led Oplan Tokhang, stood by the anti-illegal drug program and said it bore positive results and made the streets safer.
He claimed 1.3 million drug suspects surrendered while 130,000 were arrested.
“Dapat ipagpatuloy ang Oplan Tokhang dahil ito ay nag-resulta ng record numbers, (We should continue Oplan Tokhang because it resulted in record numbers,)” Dela Rosa said.
“Bumaba ang index crime volume by 49 percent at ang pinaka-importante diyan (The index crime volume went down by 49 percent and the most important is) we were able to give the streets back to the law-abiding citizens and the most vulnerable sectors of our society na mga kabataan at mga kababaihan na noon ay takot na takot na lumabas sa kanilang pamamahay dahil nagkalat ang adik at criminal sa kalsada (The index crime volume went down by 49 percent and the most important is we were able to give the streets back to the law-abiding citizens and the most vulnerable sectors of our society that included the youth and women who used to be too scared to go outside of their houses due to the drug addicts and criminals loitering on the streets),” he added.
Dela Rosa urged the public to trust the police force and the Philippine justice system. He also cited God’s final judgment.
“Ang mga namatayan ay itong advice ko sa kanila: yung ating internal cleansing program ng PNP ay tuloy-tuloy ‘yan. Maraming nahuli na pulis [na] nag-abuso, nakasuhan (To those whose loved ones died, this is my advice to them: our internal cleansing program in the PNP is continuous. Several abusive cops were arrested and charged),” Dela Rosa said.
“Pero ito, itaga mo sa bato, kung hindi mo makuha ang hustisya dito sa lupa, makukuha mo ‘yan sa langit dahil tayong lahat ay mananagot sa Poong May Kapal pagdating ng araw (But mark my words, if you don’t get justice on earth, you will get it in heaven because all of us will have to answer to God when the time comes),” he added.
In 2017, the PNP drew flak after alleged police abuse in the continuing crackdown said to have killed thousands of urban poor.
Duterte in October that year designated the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as the “sole agency” in charge of the war on drugs. However, two months later, the president brought back the PNP to the drug war operations, with PDEA as the lead agency.