Busted: Robredo’s office shows letter to DILG, PNP after PNP chief denies receiving any

The Office of the Vice President released the letter she sent to the offices of Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno and PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Monday, March 20. It contained Vice President Leni Robredo’s request for a few documents about the PNP’s anti-drug operations.
The letter was dated January 24 and addressed Sueno, with a note for a copy of the letter to be furnished to dela Rosa. It was received by both offices on January 30.

It requested that the OVP be furnished copies of documents including the following:

  • Command Memorandum Circular No. 2016-16, which established Operation Double Barrel;
  • “latest report” on police’s anti-drug operations;
  • list of “suspected drug personalities killed” in said operations since Oplan Tokhang started in July 2016;
  • list of deaths under investigation within the same period; and
  • list of deaths “in cases where investigation has concluded since the implementation of Operation Double Barrel.”

The letter also noted how Robredo, during her visits to different barangays in different provinces, has been approached by their representatives, who expressed concerns over the government’s anti-drug campaign. It added that the documents she asked would help her “respond more effectively” to the issues raised by the barangays’ representatives.

The copy of the letter was released hours after dela Rosa denied receiving any from the OVP.
“Paano ko mapansin yung sulat na hindi nakarating sa akin ha? Wala naman akong natanggap na sulat na ganun at saka sinabi na lang nila ‘yun after nagreact ‘yung PNP na mali yung concept niya sa palit-ulo. Sinabi na lang yan na may nagpadala ng sulat. Wala naman kaming natanggap,” dela Rosa said.

He added that he would have acted on the letter had he received it.

“Kahit na ordinaryong tao, kahit hindi Vice President ang magreklamo sa akin, aaksyunan ko talaga iyan lalo na we are deep into our internal cleansing program. Ayaw natin mangyari ‘yan(g abuso). Again hindi perpekto ang PNP as an organization pero pilit nating nililinis ngayon kaya kung meron man ganung pangyayari sana makarating sa amin para maaksyunan namin,” he said.

The PNP and the Palace reacted to Robredo’s recorded video message shown at the 60th annual meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotics Drugs in Vienna, Australia, wherein she slammed the government’s drug war and exposed what she said was PNP’s palit ulo scheme. They said Robredo was “misinformed” about the said scheme.

Dela Rosa admitted to the PNP having a palit ulo scheme but he said that it was unlike how Robredo described it.

He explained the scheme as this:  “‘Yung palit-ulo na common practice ng pulis, meaning ikaw nahuli kita, drug pusher ka, ilaglag mo kung sino yung supplier o drug lord na nasa taas mo, kung masabi mo ‘yan, hindi naman actually papalayain, depende na kung lesser offense, imbes na Section 5 na drug pushing ang magiging kaso ay Sec 11 o possession na lang for a lighter offense basta sabihin kung sino ang source. ‘Yan ang palit ulo.”

Dela Rosa added that if Robredo’s version of palit ulo does occur, he said he will punish them himself.

“Can you just imagine yung kanilang version na hulihin yung nanay o yung tatay kung hindi makita ‘yung suspek o kapatid, napakagago na pulis n’un. Iharap n’yo ang pulis sa akin ngayon at susuntukin ko sa mukha yang pulis na ‘yan,” he said.

“Bubugbugin ko sa harap mo ang pulis na gumagawa niyan. Iharap mo sa akin kung meron diyan hindi ko pababayaan yung ganyang ginagawa kung ginagawa ‘yan,” he added.

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