Indonesia to present highest police award to PNP Chief Bato

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) — The Indonesian National Police (INP) is set to confer the highest police award of the Bintang Bhayangkara Utama or Medal of Honour to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa.

The PNP chief will receive the prestigious award in a grand conferment ceremony at the auditorium of the Police Academy in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 14.

In an official communiquè on January 29, INP Chief, Police General H. Muhammad Tito Karnavian, through Philippine Ambassador Maria Lumen Isleta, informed the Chief PNP of the award.

The Bintang Bhayangkara Utama is the highest medal for the INP presented by the President of the Republic of Indonesia.

The INP Medal of Honour award is "presented in appreciation for your important role in cooperation and contribution to the security of Indonesia and Philippines in the past and for the future," General Karnavian said.

The PNP and INP, both pioneer members of the ASEAN Association of Police Chiefs (ASEANAPOL), share bilateral understanding and commitments on specific areas of cooperation in joint maritime border patrol, anti-terrorism, anti-piracy, anti-smuggling, transnational crime, illegal drugs, and trafficking in persons.

In September 2016, Indonesia's Narcotics Agency called on the Indonesian police to adopt a Duterte-style drug war, praising the President's efforts to "take care of his citizens." It also described the drug dealers' lives as "meaningless."

The Human Rights Watch criticized the Indonesian government for expressing its support to the Philippine drug war, saying Indonesian officials have overlooked the "horrific damage" the drug war has inflicted on Filipinos.