Saturday, December 14, 2019

Dela Rosa says no word yet from U.S. on supposed visa cancellation

The senator and former police chief says he has yet to receive official communication that his US visa was cancelled over human rights violations in the government's war on drugs Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa was the chief operator of the government's war on drugs when he was police chief from July 2016 to April 2018. She had been leading a Senate investigation of extrajudicial killings in the drug war.

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said on Saturday, December 14, that he has not received any official communication from the US regarding a report that his US visa was cancelled.

Dela Rosa, as PNP chief, was the primary operator of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs from July 2016 to April 2018. Thousands of people have been killed in the brutal campaign against illegal drug suspects – more than 20,000 to date, according to human rights groups.

Responding to queries from reporters, Dela Rosa’s staff forwarded a message from the senator, which read, “No official [communication] from US authorities yet.” The US measure requires recipient states to promote the rule of law, democracy, and international human rights conventions.