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Indonesian government confers Medal of Honor on “Bato’

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By Aaron Recuenco

The Philippine’s version of the anti-drugs war is making a buzz among the policemen in Indonesia, the reason why Director General Ronald dela Rosa was given the highest award by the Indonesian government.

PNP Chief Ronald Bato Dela Rosa (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

PNP Chief Ronald Bato Dela Rosa (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Bintang Bhayangkara Utama, or the Medal of Honor, is being given to persons who made a difference in defending peace and protecting the people from criminal elements, according to dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police.

“I would like to express (my) sincere gratitude to the president of Indonesia Joko Widodo and the chief of Indonesian National Police Muhammad Tito Karnavian for conferring upon me the award of Bintang Bhayangkara Utama or the medal of honor, the highest award being given by the state which means the ultimate defender of peace and the ultimate protector of the people,” said dela Rosa in a video message.

“Thank you for this award… this will inspire me more to exert more effort in our drug war,” he added.

Dela Rosa personally received the award in Indonesia along with other awardees from Singapore, Brunei and Australia.

The official said that the giving of the award is very special to him as it was given during Valentine’s Day and that the award is rarely given to non-Indonesian government official.

The anti-drugs war of President Duterte started on July 1, 2016 and has so far left more or less 4,000 suspected drug pushers and users across the country in various police operations.

The figure is on top of the alleged more than 10,000 others who were killed by vigilante groups. The PNP, however, denied the allegation.

Dela Rosa said that he is elated to know that some foreigners are appreciating the work of the Philippine government in addressing the drug problems in the country.

Illegal drugs problem is among the usual top agenda during the annual meeting of chiefs of police of the Southeast Asia Nations.

“According to General Tito, he would like to thank General Bato (dela Rosa’s nickname) for the rock star-like inspiration to the Indonesian Police and Indonesian people on how to fight the war on drugs,” said dela Rosa.

“You know, this award accordingly was given to non-Indonesian government official for the first time in the history of Indonesia so this is doubly significant for me because this is being given out to me or conferred to me during Valentine’s Day,” he added

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