Indonesian police chief: Bato inspires us

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) gets an ally when it comes to implementing the war on drugs.

Indonesian Police Chief Tito Karnavian said PNP Chief Director General Ronald 'Bato' Dela Rosa is an inspiration to them in fighting illegal drugs.

Dela Rosa is among the recipients of the 'Bintang Bhayangkara Utama' (the ultimate protector of the state and the people) or Medal of Honor – the highest award given by the Indonesian President to a police officer.

The conferment ceremony was held at the Auditorium of Police Academy in Jakarta, Indonesia on Wednesday.

"To the very famous and popular General Bato: thank you for your rockstar-like inspiration to the Indonesian national police and the Indonesian people on how to fight the war on drugs," Kardavian said in his remarks.

Karnavian said the Medal of Honor was presented to Dela Rosa for his role in the cooperation and contribution to the security of Indonesia and Philippines in the past and for the future.

"This is the first time that the Indonesian government granted the highest award the state can give, the Medal of Honor, the Bintang Bhayangkara Utama to a non-Indonesian official," Karnavian said.

Dela Rosa thanked Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Karnavian for the recognition.

"Thank you for this award and this will inspire me more to exert more effort in our drug war," Dela Rosa said in video sent to reporters.

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.