Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa said that there will be internal cleansing within the organization in 2017. Facebook.com/RonaldBatoDelaRosa, File

Dela Rosa promises cleansing of PNP in 2017
Kristian Javier (Philstar.com) - December 27, 2016 - 5:20pm
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa on Tuesday promised cleansing within the organization in 2017, saying there are still police officers involved in crime.
 
"Dito sa loob, marami pa. Meron pa kaming dapat lilinisin. Meron pa ring na-involve talaga sa krimen na mga pulis," Dela Rosa said in a press conference in Camp Crame.
 
Dela Rosa said that a former PNP chief has already called him out on the matter.
 
"May pumupuna pa nga sa akin na dating chief PNP na nagsabi na 'Diyan ka nag-kukulang. Masyado ka nakatutok sa labas, dun sa mga kriminal sa labas. Nakalimutan mo yung mga kriminal sa loob ng organisasyon," Dela Rosa said.
 
Dela Rosa said that he told the former PNP chief, whom he later identified as Sen. Panfilo Lacson, that there are operations against criminals within the police organization but admitted that the focus is more on operations against criminals outside.
 
He added that the senator  is very concerned with the internal cleansing of the police organization, which he ran when Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada was president.
 
The current PNP chief revealed that all the former PNP chiefs are his advisers.
 
Dela Rosa added that Lacson's advice was constructed. He said that the senator is his "Number 1 Adviser" because of his concern for the PNP.

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