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NBP official doubts veracity of alleged plots against President-elect Duterte and future PNP chief Dela Rosa

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PHILIPPINE prison officials doubt the veracity of the claims made by incoming national police chief Ronald Dela Rosa that convicted drug lords serving prison terms have raised a P1 billion bounty to have him and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte assassinated due to their anti-drug campaign.

Msgr. Robert Olaguer, Bureau of Corrections spokesperson, said the Philippine National Police intelligence unit is having a hard time to check the veracity of Dela Rosa’s claim. He added it is possible that the future PNP chief was fed the wrong information.

“It is possible he (Dela Rosa) has an insider (inmate) who gives him information but you can’t be so sure if this information is true,” says Olaguer.

Olaguer issued the statement after Dela Rosa claims that he has reliable information that drug lords serving time at the NBP met and decided to raise a bounty for their heads due to their planned iron fist campaign against illegal drugs.

“What they (the drug lords) did not know is that one of those present in their meeting is my informant,” Dela Rosa, in one of his radio interviews, said.

The reported assassination plot came into the fore shortly after Duterte offered monetary rewards amounting to millions of pesos, to anyone who would kill a drug lord, a drug syndicate lieutenant, even a small fry drug pusher.

This prompted political pundits to theorize that the offer of reward money for any illegal drug personalities killed or apprehended and the succeeding reports about the billion peso bounty for Dela Rosa and Duterte heads are part of an elaborate scheme to condition the minds of the public into accepting the return of the capital punishment.

Christian Joel Espiritu
Christian Joel Espiritu is a veteran reporter of a Manila based newspaper. A Bachelor in Journalism degree holder from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, he started his journalism career as a reporter-trainee of the Philippine Daily Inquirer in the late 80's and early 1990's.

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