Dela Rosa 'sorry' for drug lord kill orders

MANILA – Philippine National Police chief, Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Friday apologized for his earlier statement that urged the murder of drug peddlers.
Dela Rosa, a key official executing President Rodrigo Duterte's orders to stop drugs, said his emotions got the best of him after meeting the "victims of drug use" in Bacolod. 
On Thursday, dela Rosa called on drug users to kill traffickers and burn their homes, as he seeks to maintain momentum in Duterte's controversial crime war that has claimed 2,000 lives.
"Why don't you give them a visit, pour gasoline on their homes and set these on fire to register your anger," he said. 
"They're all enjoying your money, money that destroyed your brain. You know who the drug lords are. Would you like to kill them? Go ahead. Killing them is allowed because you are the victim."
While the top cop regretted his statement, Malacanang downplayed the controversial quote. 
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said dela Rosa was just being his usual self when he made that call.
''Hindi naman siya nagte-threaten, drama lang iyun, for effect. Alam mo naman ang mga Pilipino…. gulpi de gulat lang yun
(He was not issuing threats. It was just drama. You know Filipinos. It was just a scare tactic.),'' Panelo said.
When asked if Duterte supported Dela Rosa's call to murder and commit arson, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella denied that was the police chief's intent.
"There is no such call. It's a passionate statement," Abella told reporters on Friday, without elaborating.

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