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House speaker calls for Bato’s resignation

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has called on the national police chief Ronald Bato de la Rosa to resign over the abduction and murder of a South Korean businessman by a handful of policemen right inside the PNP's Camp Crame headquarters, The Manila Times Online reported on Saturday.

Alvarez on Friday joined a chorus of calls for Bato to quit after police arrested senior police officer Ricky Santo Isabel who turned himself in to the National Bureau of Investigation.

The commission of a heinous crime right under his (Bato) very nose is not only an insult but a clear indication that he has lost the respect of his people, said Alvarez who described the incident as a meltdown of PNP discipline.

The House speaker also called out the police chief for the latter's apparent cowardice as shown by a video of him running away from a news conference in December like a headless chicken after the pyrotechnic device he was holding started to smoke.

How can we believe the stern statements de la Rosa had been making against criminals like in the aftermath of the Davao City bombing when he was the first to run in the slightest possibility of danger? Alvarez asked.

PNP spokesman Dionardo Carlos however said the killing was an isolated case and it would be unfair to place the onus of the blame on de la Rosa.

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel said the decision should rest with Duterte.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)