MANILA - "Summary dismissals" will be done in the Philippine National Police (PNP) to cleanse its ranks of corrupt and drug-tainted officials, the chief of police said after he broke down and shed tears during a Senate probe on Wednesday.
"Pag kailangan yung summary dismissal, kung kailangang-kailangan gagawin ko," PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa said at the sidelines of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs hearing.
He said all operatives involved in the government's intensified campaign against narcotics should be free from allegations of corruption and illegal drugs.
"Kailangan sa mga tao na ito, no mercy... Pag dating sa katiwalian, dapat no mercy tayo para mabilis," Dela Rosa said.
"'Pag kinakaawaan mo yang mga taong iyan, lalo kang aabusuhin," Dela Rosa added. But the PNP chief declined to comment on whether he believes Espinosa's allegations that several cops received drug money.
"I am torn between two lovers. I love my men, they are my people. But I also admire itong drug lord na si Kerwin for telling the truth," Dela Rosa said.
This burden, along with lawmakers' observation that there seems to be public distrust of the PNP, were the reasons why he became emotional and broke down during the Senate hearing, Dela Rosa admitted.
"Nakakahiya. Ayaw ko ipakita na umiiyak ako pero hindi ko napigilan. Tao lang ako," he said.
"'Yung sinasabi nilang wala na silang pinagkakatiwalaan, ako na lang, tingin ko napakabigat naman nitong kinakarga ko sa aking balikat," he added.
Despite the "distrust" of the public, Dela Rosa said he encourages people to watch congressional probes where officials are called out and made to explain their alleged misdeeds.
"Gusto ko malaman ng taong bayan what's the real score. Baka mamaya sila (public) din makakatulong sa akin to reform the PNP," he said.