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Dela Rosa, Gascon to discuss issues on gov’t anti-drug war

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By Aaron Recuenco

Director General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), to set to meet with Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairman Chito Gascon on Tuesday to discuss all issues on the government’s anti-drugs war.

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa gestures during the commitee on public order and dangerous drugs on Killing of Kian Loyd Delos Santos and to Determine the Accountability of the Philippine National Police in the Conduct of the Campaign Against Illegal Drugs in Pasay citu, August 24,2017.(Czar Dancel)

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa gestures during the commitee on public order and dangerous drugs on Killing of Kian Loyd Delos Santos and to Determine the Accountability of the Philippine National Police in the Conduct of the Campaign Against Illegal Drugs in Pasay citu, August 24,2017. (Czar Dancel)

Dela Rosa said the meeting was scheduled when he talked with Gascon after the Senate hearing on the death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos last week.

“We will meet here at Camp Crame. He said he will go here and it’s okay. We will talk about the issues that need to be discussed,” said dela Rosa.

During the Senate probe, dela Rosa and Gascon engaged in a brief verbal tussle, with the latter saying that he asked the former for a meeting but did not respond.

Dela Rosa joked that with Gascon’s good looks, it would be impossible to snub him. He however later admitted that he did not read the letter sent by the CHR regarding the requested meeting with Gascon.

But despite the human rights concerns on the anti-drugs war which was highlighted with Kian’s death, dela Rosa vowed that their campaign against illegal drugs would continue.

“It will continue, but it has to be ensured that that kind of problem (Kian’s death) should be prevented. We always remind them to respect human rights,” said dela Rosa.

The official earlier said that if evidence of Kian’s death is true, then the cop behind the incident is a murderer.

The PNP chief also disclosed that he visited personnel of the Northern Police District which is currently at the receiving end of harsh criticisms over the death of Kian.

“I told them that they should not be depressed by these criticisms. It is normal, this is part of our job,” said dela Rosa.

“But I also told them that they should not be demoralized, that the anti-dugs war will continue. They responded positively,” he added.

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