PNP chief Dela Rosa already has the updated version of the narco-list

Philippine National Police Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa have received the updated the infamous narco-list of President Rodrigo Duterte which the former confirmed in a press briefing in Ozamiz City.

But the PNP chief has yet seen the names of the politicians, government officials and magistrates included in the list.

"Hindi ko pa nababasa, but for sure itong bagong listahan na ‘yan, that is the product of constant workshop ng PDEA, PNP, AFP at ibang intelligence agencies," he said.

"May kopya na kami but hindi ko pa nakita, hindi ko pa na-browse ‘yung latest," Dela Rosa added.

He was present in Ozamiz City when President Duterte awarded Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido for his outstanding performance on the administration's war on drugs.

The President publicly showed his updated list of narcopoliticians on Wednesday. However, he refused to give names which he had previously did the first time he was handed the said list.

Duterte admitted that he was wrong about his primary vow that illegal drugs will be totally eradicated within 6 months of his term.

"How can I control it in three to six months, the generals and policemen are involved. The Bureau of Customs, an agency I am relying on, son of a b****, is into drugs. How will I succeed?" he said when he visited Ozamiz City.

Two of the high-ranking PNP officials involved in illegal drugs who Duterte named on 2016 were facing charges of "of serious neglect of duty, serious irregularity in the performance of duty, and conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman for their alleged involvement in illegal drug activities" in August 2016.

"Alam ko na nagkamali ako. Nagkamali talaga ako. Hindi ko naman talaga akalain, yang Bureau of Customs na yan, akala ko kaalyado ko (I thought they were my allies)," he added.

Duterte was baffled with the real magnitude of the drug problem which is why he humbly admitted it his mistake since he used Davao City as his template and that some of his critics were right.

"I said my critics were right. You said, when you become the president, you can do it in three to six months. I was not aware of the problem when I assumed office. Davao was just my template. There were drugs there but if you bring drugs there, you will die," Duterte said.

The President also pointed out that no one will spared from the government's war on drugs, not even his friends.

"Walang kaibi-kaibigan sa akin. Either patayin kita o patayin mo ako. Pareho lang sa akin (I will not favor my friends. Either I kill you or you kill me.  It’s the same for me). Just stop playing with drugs," the president said.

"My warning is this: Do not lie to me. Just tell me the truth because there is always a remedy. In the performance of duty, you’ll have no problems," he added.

And for those police officers who are into drug activites, he offered P2 million bounty reward for their arrest.

Source: PhilStar