Bato says PNP not protecting Virac drug lab personalities


The Philippine National Police (PNP) isn’t coddling the alleged politikos behind the operation of the “mega-sized” drug laboratory in Virac, Catanduanes.

No less than PNP Director-General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa gave this assurance Monday (December 5) during a Senate inquiry even as whispers grow louder about the purported involvement of Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua and Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes as far as drug trade in the province is concerned.

“Wala po kaming pino protektahan doon (in the Catanduanes shabu laboratory case). Hintayin na lang po muna natin kung sino ang lalabas,” Dela Rosa told Senator Antonio Trillanes IV during the latter’s interpellation.

Catanduanes is still reeling from the discovery of the Virac drug lab, which has been described as the biggest find under the Duterte administration. It is said to be capable of producing 9.6 tons of “shabu” a month.

Cua and Laynes have denied any links to the facility, which was uncovered last November 26. Aside from the two local politikos, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is also looking at the involvement of former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) regional director Eric Isidoro in the drug lab.

At any rate, the PNP head honcho said that they are making progress in the investigation.

“But as of now, nakilala na naming ang Chinese na nagrenta ng mga lugar na iyon. Mayroon pa ngang NBI agent na nasali doon. Kahit na kapwa naming law enforcers, your honor, wala po kaming kino cover-an. Hindi po kami nagtatago.

“At yung war on drugs natin, totohanan po ito. Hindi po ito may pinipili o may kinikilingan,” Dela Rosa said.