No less than 23 leaders from everywhere throughout the nation are included in illegal drugs, as indicated by Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Friday.
Dela Rosa did not distinguish the mayors, but rather tested them to arm themselves as the police power will follow them in its new battle against drug syndicates, a report by GMA News' Tricia Zafra on "24 Oras" said.
"Nakakalungkot na malaman natin na may mga mayors na included," Dela Rosa said. "I trust na 'yung mga leader na 'yun nag-aarmas nang husto [para] makipag-giyera sa 'tin."
Dela Rosa said President Rodrigo Duterte, who had prior connected five ranking active and resigned police authorities to the unlawful drugs exchange, will discharge the names of the 23 once he has adequate confirmation against them.
"Marami nang nagte-text sa 'kin kahapon. [Sabi ko sa kanila,] you demonstrate your innocence dun sa nag-announce, dun kay presidente, 'wag sa akin," he said.
Of the five police authorities distinguished by Duterte as protectors of unlawful drugs syndicates, just resigned police representative chief Gen. Marcelo Garbo has yet to meet with Dela Rosa.