Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa shared how a Chinese hotel staff told him the Chinese media see him as a hero in the Philippines, despite the Philippine media criticizing him for the killings linked to the government’s drug war.
Dela Rosa recalled how a female staff in the Beijing hotel where he stayed during the 86th International Police (Interpol) General Assembly in the previous week told him she Googled the PNP chief. Asked what she learned about him, the staff replied: “According to the Chinese media, you are a hero in the Philippines.”
The Philippine top cop then told the cops during the flag-raising ceremony on October 2 at Camp Crame that the Philippine media viewed him as a villain.
But the hotel staff insisted on him being a hero.
“She said, ‘No, no, you are a hero.’ She then knelt in front of me and said she was very lucky to be assigned to me,” dela Rosa narrated.
Talking to the 1,000 Caloocan police officers who were about to undergo retraining at Camp Bagong Diwa on the same day, the PNP chief expressed his pride in the accomplishments of the police in their campaign against illegal drugs.
It can be recalled that the entire Caloocan police force was sacked after issues emerged involving the death of two minors and an incident where some cops staged a drug raid but robbed the homeowner instead.
Dela Rosa also mentioned how drug users have this one telltale sign – sunken cheeks – which he found in some dispatchers and “habal-habal” drivers in Caloocan.
“So you can see that the drug problem in Caloocan is at its worst and yet you confronted the problem head-on. I’m proud of what you have done,” Dela Rosa told the cops.
Netizens reacted to dela Rosa’s story, including the China Correspondent for the Washington Post Emily Rauhala.
“Duterte’s top cop claims he is a hero in China for drug war. Much more likely: Bato got played by his handler,” Rauhala tweeted.
Dela Rosa recently drew flak for calling drug war critics “ingrates” for still criticizing the campaign despite benefiting from the “peace and order” that it brought to the country.
Sources: ( philstar.com )