MANILA - The top enforcer of a brutal war on drugs in the Philippines on Friday (May 17) dared prosecutors to go after him for the deaths of thousands of people, after activists warned that his election to the Senate could insulate him from legal action.
Mr Ronald dela Rosa, President Rodrigo Duterte's top lieutenant in a crackdown that alarmed the international community, shrugged off calls for him to be investigated for what human rights groups say were systematic police cover-ups, falsified reports and summary executions.
The former national police chief, nicknamed "Bato" (rock), was endorsed by Mr Duterte in an election on Monday in which he is all but certain to win a seat in the powerful Senate.
"Bring it on, bring it on. Whatever they want, I will not run away," Mr dela Rosa told news channel ANC when asked about a possible probe, including by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.