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Robredo: No to Bato’s resignation but bad cops must be punished

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Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has found an ally in Vice President Leni Robredo following calls for his resignation.

In an interview in Bulacan Friday (Jan. 27), Robredo said Dela Rosa’s resignation will not solve the problems confronting the PNP.

“Hindi solusyon iyon although dapat managot kasi responsibility naming namumuno na managot sa mga nangyayari sa opisina,” she said.

“Ang solusyon na hinahanap, iyong nagkasala panagutin, iyong nagkasala parusahan, linisin ang buong institusyon para ang tiwala ng tao bumalik,” Robredo added.

Dela Rosa recently came under fire because of the news that a Korean businessman was killed inside Camp Crame in October last year, purportedly by cops.

President Rodrigo Duterte, however, was adamant that the PNP chief remain in his post.

Robredo said it is not enough for erring policemen to be reassigned.

“Di puwede iyong i-rereassign lang pag nagkaroon ng kaso. Hindi puwede iyong i-didismiss lang para nagkaroon ng criminal liability. Kasi hanggang hindi siya natutugunan, na-eerode iyong paniniwala ng tao sa buong insititusyon,” he said.