Through restora­tion of the death penalty Bato: I want to save Filipinos’lives

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO - “I do not mind putting the lives of Chi­nese drug traf­fick­ers who keep on im­port­ing illegal drugs to the coun­try in death row if it means sav­ing the lives of my fel­low Filipinos who are be­ing vic­tim­ized by the illegal drug menace.”

This was the re­mark of se­na­to­rial bet Ron­ald “Bato” Dela Rosa when asked about his stand on push­ing for the

restora­tion of death penalty amid the strong op­po­si­tion of sev­eral sec­tors in the coun­try.

Dela Rosa has been vo­cal of his plan to push for the re­in­state­ment of the death penalty for se­ri­ous illegal drug of­fenses and other heinous crimes if given a seat in the Se­nate.

Dela Rosa, who was in this city for his in­ter­view at the Laus Group-run RW 95.1 FM, clar­i­fied that his ver­sion of the death penalty only cov­ers con­victed big time illegal drug traf­fick­ers.

“When I say drug traf­fick­ers, these are mostly Chi­nese who bring in tons of illegal drugs and dis­tri­bu­tion of the dif­fer­ent kinds of pro­hib­ited nar­cotics in the slums. I do not mean the illegal drug users and small time push­ers be­cause they are only vic­tims,” Dela Rosa said.

Dela Rosa dis­closed that con­victed Chi­nese illegal drug traf­fick­ers were able to sus­tain their illegal busi­ness even in­side their de­ten­tion cells through their con­nec­tion and the lax se­cu­rity in­side the fa­cil­ity be­fore he came in as head of the Bureau of Cor­rec­tions (BuCor).

“If we do not im­pose the death penalty, we can never neu­tral­ize them. They are not even afraid of get­ting jailed be­cause they are con­fi­dent it will not stop their busi­ness, rather just ex­pand it with the con­nec­tions they are gain­ing from fel­low in­mates in­side the Bili­bid,” he fur­thered.

Dur­ing his short stint as BuCor chief, Dela Rosa said he seg­re­gated Chi­nese in­mates from Filipinos as in­ter­ven­tion to the con­tin­u­ous preva­lence of illegal drugs in­side the fa­cil­ity al­legedly op­er­ated by for­eign drug lords.

Mean­while, Dela Rosa said he is eye­ing to sus­tain the com­pre­hen­sive ref­or­ma­tion pro­gram for small time illegal drug users through the con­struc­tion of gov­ern­ment-op­er­ated re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ters all over the coun­try.

Dur­ing his lead­er­ship in the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice, Dela Rosa ini­ti­ated the launch­ing of the ref­or­ma­tion pro­gram for thou­sands of self-con­fessed illegal drug users and push­ers who sur­ren­dered un­der the gov­ern­ment’s cam­paign.

“We must give chance to those who de­serve it, and I be­lieve many of the illegal drug users, es­pe­cially those in the street level, were only mis­guided and were vic­tims of peer pres­sure and cu­rios­ity,” he said.

-Princess Clea Arcellaz

FILIPINOS OVER CHI­NESE DRUG LORDS. Se­na­to­rial bet Ron­ald ‘Bato’Dela Rosa shares how much he val­ues the lives of Filipinos even at the ex­pense of killing con­victed big time Chi­nese drug lords dur­ing an in­ter­view over RW 95.1 FM on Tues­day.

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