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Bato dela Rosa: Source of illegal drugs in PHL is convicted drug lord Peter Co

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Tuesday said the source of illegal drugs in the country is convicted drug lord Peter Co and he expressed exasperation on how to bring the latter to justice when he is already jailed.

“Everything points toward Bilibid. Lahat ng tinatanong namin na drug suppliers, si Peter Co lagi ang sinasabing source nila,” Dela Rosa said during Tuesday's Senate probe on the spate of killings of drug suspects.

The PNP chief made the statement after Senator Richard Gordon said the arrested drug pushers, users, and suppliers should be asked where they get their supply.

“Lahat ng regional level, iniimbestigahan namin. Si Peter Co ang lahat itinuturong source nila,” Dela Rosa said.

Gordon responded by saying the PNP chief should just do his job and bring Co to justice.

Dela Rosa said he will do it but he admitted that it will be difficult.

“Paano namin huhulihin ang drug lord na nakakulong na? Napakahirap…I am just expressing my frustration na bakit mga nakakulong na, sila pa nagkokontrol ng droga,’ he said.

However, the PNP chief assured the senators that, unlike in the past when the drug lords communicate with their suppliers through cellphones, no transaction has been done recently.

“As of now, yung transaction nila limited sa stocks na nadistribute na sa ibaba. Sa ngayon hindi na sila makapag communicate…hindi na sila makakapagtransaksyon dahil wala nang communication, wala nang cellphone na nakakapasok sa Bilibib,” he said.

Senator Leila de Lima, former justice secretary who ordered the raid on National Bilibid Prisons, commended Dela Rosa for successfully removing communication gadgets in the national penitentiary.

“May I commend you if totally zero na ang transaksyon,” she said.

“Very good. Kahit noong panahon ko I strictly prohibited that (cellphones and communication gadgets) pero may ibang nakakalusot pa rin. Ang cellphone galing daw sa prison guards, ang mahal daw ng renta dyan. Ngayon zero na,” she said.

Dela Rosa said De Lima should have deployed Special Action Force during her time to man the Bilibid.

“How I wish nong panahon ninyo pa lang yung SAF na ang pinag-guwardiya ninyo sa Bilibid,” he said.

The senator said she considered it but when she consulted her staff, they said there were many things to be done for the move to be above board. — VVP, GMA News