Dela Rosa wants death penalty for drug dealers restored

MANILA — “Death penalty for drug dealing has to be restored,” Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Tuesday said.

PNP chief aired this after inspecting an illegal drug warehouse in Quezon City, where police operatives equipped with search warrants, seized 45 kilos of suspected shabu worth Php 225 million on Tuesday afternoon.

The contraband was found inside a big cardboard box at No. 1117 Banawe Street, Barangay Manresa, Quezon City.

The drug operation was conducted by the operatives of the PNP-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Arrested during the raid were Eduardo Dario, 62, resident of Marikina City; Rhea May Libira, 20, native of Balagtas, Bulacan; Gemma Rose Codera, 26, native of Masbate; and John Rey Bungcasan, 34, native of Dumaguete City.

Delarosa said that many people have already died because of drugs, but the operation of the illegal drug traders continuous, adding that drug traders seemed to fear nothing at all because they knew that they could evade the law when arrested.

Hence, Dela Rosa said, it is now the right time to restore the death penalty. Perfecto Raymundo/