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Alejano to Bato: You’re not owed gratitude for doing your job


Opposition lawmakers from the House of Representatives on Tuesday slammed Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa for branding as "ingrates" those who criticize the administration's war against drugs.

"Walang utang na loob ang taumbayan sa kanya. Trabaho niya 'yan. Bakit mo sisingilin ang lahat sa kanyang serbisyo? Kaya nga kapag nandito ka sa gobyerno, thankless job ito. Damned if you do, damned if you don't," Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano said in a press conference.

"But at the end of the day, you will perform your mandate. You are not doing it para ikaw ay sumikat or sisingilin mo sila sa utang na loob nila pagdating nila balang-araw. Trabaho mo 'yan," he added.

In an interview with reporters during an inspection at the Light Rail Transit Line 2 on Tuesday, Dela Rosa lashed out at critics of the bloody campaign against illegal drugs.

"Ako, prangka ako na tao. You can criticize us to high heavens, but I can tell you straight sa inyong mga mata, kayong mga critic, sabihan ko kayo, ingrato kayo," he said.

"Alam ko nakikinabang din kayo sa peace and order na idinulot sa atin ng war on drugs, peace and order na tinatamasa n'yo ngayon na naidulot ng aming war on drugs," he added.

Alejano said it is only expected of Dela Rosa, as chief of police, to maintain peace and order in the country.

"Walang sisingilin diyan sa pagtatrabaho dahil inaasahan kang gawin mo 'yan kahit na hindi mo singilin sila sa utang na loob na 'yan. Walang ingratong Pilipino dahil silang lahat ay nagmamay-ari ng gobyerno at kaming lahat sa gobyerno ay nandito para serbisyuhan sila, hindi para singilin sila," he said.

"Kaya dapat ang lahat ng public officials ay nagsisilbi sa ordinaryong mamamayan, hindi 'yung sinisingil natin sila sa ating serbisyo," he added.

For his part, Akbayan party-list Representative Tom Villarin said comparing seeking justice for the victims of the war on drugs to ingratitude is "out of this world."

"Kung ang tingin ni General Dela Rosa 'yan ang pagiging ingrato, 'yung paghabol sa katarungan, paghabol doon sa mga patayan na nangyari doon sa war against drugs, then nasa ibang planeta pala yung kanyang pananawa, dahil ito po, para sa atin, ay talagang talamak na itong war against drugs at sinasabi pa ni General Dela Rosa na meron tayong peace and order," he said.

Villarin said Dela Rosa should be held accountable for the deaths caused by the bloody campaign.

"Kung 'yung tinutukoy niya na ingrato' yung kritiko niya, I think later he will be asked, siguro through the proper courts, na mapanagutan itong mga namatay sa war on drugs," he added. — BM, GMA News

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