VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Bato contradicts Duterte’s long-established stance on cops involved in drug trade

Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa said former president Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that he would kill police officers involved in the illegal drug trade was made out of frustration.


During and after his presidency, Duterte has made several public statements, declaring that he would kill rogue cops involved in illegal drugs.

In an interview on The Chiefs, ONE News’ flagship current affairs program, Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa claimed that former president Rodrigo Duterte’s recent statement in dealing with cops involved in the illegal drug trade was said out of frustration.

This runs counter to Duterte’s pronouncements during his presidency when he declared he would kill rogue cops involved in illegal drugs.

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