Philippines: Something ‘sinister’ behind National Police Chief’s prolonged term — Duterte’s propensity to reward officials who follow his fascist orders

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa’s tour of duty may be extended by another three months. President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier prolonged the term of Dela Rosa for three months to introduce reforms in Mindanao.

PNP-PIO, File
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Gaea Katreena Cabico (philstar.com) – February 21, 2018 – 11:54am

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MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV believes there is something “sinister” behind the chief executive’s decision to prolong the term of one of his most trusted men, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa.
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In an interview on ANC’s “Early Edition,” Trillanes called on the public to be vigilant following the announcement of Dela Rosa’s indefinite term extension.

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“There must be something sinister behind it. There is a diabolical plot behind it […] They’re creeping and soon enough, we just might lose our democracy,” he warned.
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Trillanes, one of the most outspoken critics of the administration, noted that such move is reminiscent of the rule of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
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“That is a blunder because Mr. Duterte should learn from the lessons of Ferdinand Marcos Sr. when he did the same. He extended the term of loyal generals so that he could secure his place in Malacañang. But it turned out to be counterproductive because it will definitely cause demoralization within the ranks,” he said.
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Former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Fabian Ver kept overstaying generals loyal to him and Marcos, which caused the demoralization of younger officers. It led to the establishment of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement, which played a crucial role in the downfall of the Marcos dictatorial regime.
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Trillanes added that there are capable senior officials who can replace Dela Rosa.
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Karapatan: Duterte rewarding those who follow his orders

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Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, for her part, said that Duterte’s decision “speaks of his propensity to reward officials who follow his fascist orders such as his ‘kill, kill, kill’ orders in the drug war.”
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Palabay said that this would further promote the climate of impunity in the Philippines.
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“This move comes as Bato has emphatically reiterated his loyalty to the president and as the body count in the drug war continues to rise, with the PNP at the helm of the campaign’s implementation,” she added.
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On Tuesday, Duterte announced his decision to extend anew the term of Dela Rosa “for a little bit longer.”
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“The police has always been a problem. But they are not that many. There are scoundrels, scalawags in every organization. And that is why the PNP [chief] now who’s supposed to retire on the 24th of April and because he enjoys my trust and confidence, I will extend his term for a little bit longer,” he said.
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Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said Dela Rosa’s tour of duty may be extended by another three months.
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Duterte had earlier prolonged the term of Dela Rosa for three months to introduce reforms in Mindanao.
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ANTONIO TRILLANES, PNP,RODRIGO DUTERTE, RONALD “BATO” DELA ROSA

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