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Indonesian National Police cites ‘Bato’ for war vs illegal drugs

By Mario J. Mallari

The Indonesian National Police (INP) yesterday cited Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald de la Rosa for inspiring Indonesians like a “rock star” in the fight against illegal drugs.
In conferring Bitang Bhayangkara Utama or the Medal of Honor to de la Rosa, INP chief General Tito Karnavian said the chief PNP’s tough stance against illegal drugs inspired not only members of the INP but also the Indonesian people.
“To the very famous and popular General Bato: Thank you for your rockstar-like inspiration to the Indonesian National Police and the Indonesian people on how to fight the war on drugs,” Karnavian said.
“This is the first time that the Indonesian government granted the highest award the state can give, the Medal of Honor, the Bintang Bhayangkara Utama, to a non-Indonesian official,” Karnavian added.
For his part, de la Rosa expressed his deepest gratitude to the Karnavian and Indonesian President Joko Widodo for the award —the highest honor given by the Indonesian government to non-residents of Jakarta.
“Thank you for this award and this will inspire me more to exert more effort in our drug war…You know this award was given to (a) non-Indonesian government official for the first time in the history of Indonesia,” de la Rosa said.
“So, this is doubly significant for me because this is given out to me or conferred on me during Valentine’s Day,” he added.
Upon his assumption as chief of the 175,000-strong PNP in July 2016, de la Rosa immediately launched an all-out war against illegal drugs through Project Double Barrel and Oplan “Tokhang.”
From July 1, 2016 up to January 17, 2018, anti-illegal drugs operatives have conducted 81,919 drug operations which led to the arrest of 119,361 and the killing of 3,987 individuals.??
The anti-drug operations also led to the recovery of 2,577.05 kilos of shabu.??The war on drugs also led to the deaths of 87 law enforcers, the wounding of 226 while 589 minors were rescued.
De la Rosa was given the award in recognition of his cooperation and contribution to the security of Indonesia and the Philippines in the areas of maritime border patrol, anti-terrorism, anti-piracy, anti-smuggling, transnational crimes, illegal drugs and trafficking in persons.?
Aside from de la Rosa, the INP also gave the same award to the Minister for Home Affairs of Singapore, the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, the Commissioner of Royal Brunei Police Force, the Inspector General of Royal Malaysia Police, the Commissioner of Singapore Police and the Director of Internal Security Department of Singapore.

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