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‘Bato’ advises youth to veer away from drugs

BANGUED, Abra, Feb.12 (PIA) -- Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa appealed to Cordilleran youth to help the police in their campaign against crime and corruption by veering away from illegal drugs.


“Work with us and journey with us towards a peaceful and drug- free future. You can help us in many ways but the best you can do is to stay away from illegal drugs,” Dela Rosa stressed in his message during the opening ceremonies of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) meet at the Abra Sports Complex in Bangued town.

Dela Rosa enjoined the more than 5,000 CARAA delegates from the different provinces not to even try to use illegal drugs and they will be grateful for the rest of their lives.

An adopted son of the Cordillera, “Bato’ also called on his fellow Cordillerans particularly the local government officials and the youth sector to help in the fight against crime and corruption, and the war on illegal drugs.

“Kapag pinabayaan nating lumaki ang problema sa illegal na droga, para na din nating pinabayaan ang kinabukasan ng ating mga kabataan at ng buong bayan,” he said and adding “we have very promising athletes and youth who are the hope of the nation, we certainly cannot allow them to be ruined by drugs.

“We need your fighting spirit, your boundless courage, your discipline and your remarkable endurance amidst the greatest challenges,” said Dela Rosa in acknowledging the Cordillerans who are warriors that possesses various traits, to help the PNP in their campaign.   

Meanwhile, with the comeback of the “Oplan Tokhang,” Dela Rosa vowed to make the renewed campaign against the war on illegal drugs a better one with the help of the community and stricter operational guidelines.

The PNP has finalized the new operational guidelines to ensure that cops will no longer commit errors that might lead to the death of some civilians.

‘Bato’ explained that Tokhang is not about killing and arresting, rather it is about knocking and pleading and request the drug personalities to stop what they are doing or go for rehabilitation. The term was coined from the Visayan vernacular toktok (knock) and hangyo (plea). Redjie Melvic Cawis (JDP/RMC-PIA CAR)