PNP Chief BATO: Hindi po pupuwedeng hintayin namin na kami ang mamatay

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald dela Rosa defended police officers facing criticisms because of drug-related killings.

“Yung iba diyan na sige lang criticize sa ginagawa namin na operations sa aming war against drugs….Hindi po pupuwedeng hintayin namin na kami ang mamatay. Kailangan talaga naming lumaban para sa sarili namin," said Dela Rosa.

(There are those who criticize our operations in the war against drugs. We cannot just wait for them to kill us. We need to fight back for our own sake.)

This statement was made during the wake SPO4 Edgar Bumugat who was killed while trying to serve an arrest warrant for a murder suspect. Dela Rosa was joined by Bumagat’s wife and daughter.

"Huwag ninyong hintayin na magiging ganito ang pamilya ninyo, ha (Don't wait for this to happen to your families, okay?)" said Dela Rosa.

"Gusto kong malaman ninyo kung ano yung feeling ng pamilya ng nawawalan ng padre de pamilya. Eh ang pulis nagtratrabaho lang…Tanggap namin na kami ay mamamatay (I want you to know the feeling of a family who has lost the head of a family. The cop is only doing his job. We know that we can die) any time in the course of us performing our job," he added

More than 400 drug suspects have been slain because of supposedly having fought back against law enforcers.

The murder suspect, Angelo Tampos, reportedly shot SPO4 Bumagat, forcing policemen to shoot back and killing Tampos in the process. However, according to witnesses at the crime scene, the slain police officerhad already been laying on the ground before they entered the suspect’s home.

Source: Journal Online, Rappler, Abs-Cbn News

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