Another Duterte needed to continue drug war
By ROGER M. BALANZA
Although he did not name Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Senator Ronald dela Rosa believes the presidential daughter should be the next president who could continue the war against illegal drugs of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Before making it to the Senate in the 2016 election, Dela Rosa was chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP). He was the architect of Duterte’s bloody campaign against illegal drugs that human rights groups said killed thousands of drug suspects.
Dela Rosa chairs the public order and dangerous drugs committee.
In a radio interview Dela Rosa said that the government is “running out of time” in the campaign against illegal drugs and that “maybe we need another Duterte to continue the work.” Duterte fired off his campaign against illegal drugs as soon as he captured Malacanang in the 2016 polls. His term ends in 2022.
Dela Rosa pushing Mayor Sara to the presidency finds credence in a recent survey where she landed as among potential presidential candidates in the 2022 election..
The survey by PUBLICUS released in December said 35% of respondents picked Mayor Sara in a list of 21 potential candidates for president.
Former Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa will share his knowledge on disaster management during the three-day gathering of the Liga ng Barangay and the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Quezon province on November 14 to 16 at the Davao Convention and Trade Center in Davao City.
Dela Rosa, who is seeking a Senate seat in the 2019 midterm election, was invited by village officials of Quezon province to speak during their disaster preparedness convention on Thursday.
The convention is anchored on the theme “Barangay Disaster Resiliency: Awareness and Resilience a Key to Survival. Sa Barangay na Handa, Kakaunti ang Sakuna.”
Organizers said the activity aims to gather inputs on disaster resiliency and a better understanding of the role of village officials in disaster preparedness.
Other invited legislators and stakeholders will speak about the potential of Quezon province in promoting barangay disaster resiliency. (Lilian C Mellejor/PNA)
BY ROGER M. BALANZA
Who does not want to be senator?, thus said controversial Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa when asked if he may run for senator after his retirement.
On DZMM Teleradyo on Thursday, April 11, Bato said he is open to the idea of taking a crack at a Senate seat in the 2019 midterm elections.
Bato has become the most controversial figure in the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, largely due to his role in the highly-criticized anti-illegal drugs campaign.
The Duterte administration is accused by human rights groups as behind the thousands of extra-judicial killings of drug suspects sent to bloody deaths as soon as President Duterte took office last year.
Human rights groups – including the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the US-based Human Rights Watch and the European Union Parliament, among others – allege that the Philippine police is behind the extrajudicial killings, and Bato is at the center of legislative inquiries, in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, looking into the bloodbath
I am not plastic Who does not want to be a senator? I am not directly saying I am going to run. But that is nice, I can help the nation more. Why not?, said Bato who spoke in Pilipino in the interview.
Bato, who is to retire from government service in January next year, said jumping into politics is an option.
The Davao-born PNP chief whose nickname means “stone,” said this option includes facing mudslinging in the event he would run for senator.
I am open to demolition jobs, including from those running for senators who will find ways to destroy me, he said.
Bato said his option to run for senator in the 2019 elections, will have no bearing in his present job.
Critics, from the ranks of the human rights groups, civil society and the Catholic Church, have made a virtual punching bag out of the PNP chief for his role in President Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.
I am not trying to please anyone. If there is a job to be done, I will do it, said Bato.
Another option he is considering after his retirement is a Cabinet post in the Duterte administration.
If President Duterte still needs my services, I am still healthy, he said. In his early years in the police service, Bato once served as chief of the Davao City Police Office under then Davao City Mayor Duterte.