PNP chief denies political influence in De Lima cases

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FILE PHOTO: PNP Chief PDG Ronald Dela Rosa

PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa has denied using political influence on cases filed against Senator Leila de Lima.

He said he  strongly believes that the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court has sufficient basis for ordering the arrest and detention of Senator De Lima.

Dela Rosa added that among the court’s basis for the case is the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the New Bilibid Prisons.

This has been the response of the police chief to a resolution recently released by a European Parliament.

In its resolution, the EU recommended, among other things, the release of De Lima; the dropping of what it claims as politically motivated charges against the senator; and to ensure the security of De Lima inside her detention cell.

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“Yung nag-issue ng warrant I don’t think ganun ka sensational na kaso at ganun kataas na personality eh basta basta na lang magi-issue ang korte ng warrant ng walang basehan hindi pwede yun (On the issuance of the warrant, I don’t think a case this sensational and with such a high-profile personality, the court will just easily issue a warrant without basis. It doesn’t work that way),” Dela Rosa said.

The police chief also noted that the Philippine National Police (PNP) should not be reminded to ensure the security of the senator since it is what they have already been doing.

“Responsibilidad po namin si Senator De Lima talagang binabantayan namin siya (Senator De Lima is our responsibility. We are certainly guarding her),” said PDG Dela Rosa.

For her part, Senator Leila de Lima has previously expressed gratitude for the concern given to her by the international human rights organization.

Dela Rosa, meanwhile, has this to say on the EU recommendation for the United Nation Human Rights Council to investigate alleged cases of extra judicial killings in the Philippines: “Sila mismo makikialam dito sa atin? bahala sila wala man ako pakialam sa kanila, bahala sila.” (They will  interfere in our affairs? Whatever, I don’t care about them anyway).  — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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