Bato to Pinoy community in HK: Don't believe negative reports on drug war
Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa on Saturday urged Filipinos in Hong Kong not to believe negative reports on the police's anti-drugs campaign.
"You have to come home to see for yourselves para inyong malaman ang nangyari sa mga komunidad," Dela Rosa told a huge crowd of Filipinos in Hong Kong.
Dela Rosa will accompany President Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing. The President also faced the Filipino community in Hong Kong.
"Wag po kayong basta-basta maniwala sa sinasab nila na hindi maganda. Sino bang pulis na gustong masira ang ating bansa?" he said.
He said people who spread negative news about the administration's war on drugs does not want change.
He added that those who are creating a bad perception on the war on drugs could have been paid by drug lords.
"Iyong mga tao na sinisiraan tayo, 'yan ang mga tao na ayaw magbago o kaya 'yan ang mga tao na sinuhulan ng mga drug lord," he said.
During the United Nations Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) Universal Period Review, the Philippine government headed by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano denied state-sanctioned extrajudicial killings are happening in the country.
Before the review, Cayetano said the 9,432 homicide killings recorded during the 10 months of the Duterte administration is "well within the average" of the past administration of former President Benigno Aquino III.
He said only 2,692 of the tally of killings are those from legitimate law enforcement operation.
"Every year, from 11,000 to 16,000. In 2013, the highest was 16,000. The lowest in 2012," he said, adding that such numbers have not been reported enough to the public.
The senator, who had been named by Duterte as the incoming foreign affairs secretary, also denied to the Filipino community in Geneva that there was no culture of impunity in the country. —ALG, GMA News