Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa was quick to “conclude” the probe over the discovery of a secret jail cell inside a Manila police station.
Dela Rosa told reporters Saturday (April 29) that his cops did not err despite this disturbing discovery made by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) last week at Raxabago station.
“Ang pulis ko walang ginawang kalokohan,” he was quoted in an Inquirer report as saying.
The PNP boss gave the statement just a day after President Rodrigo Duterte called his attention on the matter.
CHR found the clandestine prison amid continuous international criticism on the alleged police abuses under the Duterte administration, particularly with its aggressive war on illegal drugs.
News of the secret jail broke out ahead of the country’s hosting of 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.
This has led Dela Rosa to believe that the CHR just wants to shame Duterte during the international event.
The cramped cell held 12 people at the time of its discovery. There were all alleged drug suspects.
To this, Dela Rosa said he had no problem with it for as long as they weren’t tortured.
“As long as they haven’t hurt or extorted from the detainees, it’s OK with me,” he said.