Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Monday, December 5, defended President Rodrigo Duterte from insinuations that he was protecting alleged Visayas drug lord Peter Lim.
Dela Rosa came to Duterte’s defense at a Senate hearing, after Senator Antonio Trillanes IV showed photos of Duterte with Lim to illustrate how pictures should not be used as proof of one’s supposed ties to illegal drugs.
Trillanes was defending Senator Leila de Lima from speculation that a photo of her with supposed Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa was proof that she solicited funds from him.
“Are we now ready to use pictures as a sign of guilt?” Trillanes asked during the Monday hearing, part of the ongoing Senate probe into the death of Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
Although Trillanes belongs to the minority bloc and De Lima, the majority, they have been close allies in criticizing Duterte and his war on drugs. They are the President’s fiercest critics in the Senate.
At the end of his presentation, Dela Rosa asked to be recognized to comment on the photos.
The PNP chief, appointed the day after Duterte took his oath as president, said he informed the Chief Executive about Lim upon confirmation that the Cebuano businessman was an alleged drug personality. An angry Duterte supposedly told him: “Trabahua. Kung musukol, patya (Work on a case against him. If he fights back, kill him).”
It was the same threat that Duterte himself made against 3 top Chinese drug lords – including Lim – when he bared his first list drug personalities.
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