Incoming Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa claims a strong stance on drugs and bears a tough-talking attitude, just like presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte.
Dela Rosa, a Davao native who currently holds the rank of a chief superintendent which translates to a one-star general, was selected by Duterte to lead the PNP's 120,000-strong force, the Inquirer reported.
In a press conference on Wednesday, May 18, the police official who was nicknamed "Bato" for his bulky physique (yes, just like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), warned unscrupulous individuals who are into the illegal drug trade to be prepared to be crushed.
"Patayan talaga ito sa drugs. Kaya kayong mga drug lord diyan humanda na kayo at talagang sasagasaan ko kayo," he said.
The former Davao City police director also had a message for his colleagues who are in cahoots with criminals.
"Lahat ng pulis na involved sa drugs lumayas na kayo, huwag na kayo mag pulis dahil binabayaran kayo ng gobyerno para manghuli ng mga drug personalities ngayon tumatanggap din kayo [ng suhol] sa mga drug lords. Ano kayo sinusuwerte?" he said.
But despite Dela Rosa's tough-talk against his colleagues, he is also a subject of controversy for allegedly being partisan during the campaign period.
According to GMA News, Dela Rosa was relieved from his duty as the head of the PNP’s Reactionary Standby Support Force due to a social media post prior to the elections.
Philstar also notes that Dela Rosa may face resistance from his PNP seniors as his appointment bypassed two three-star generals and 19 two-star generals.
Still, Dela Rosa is positive that his upcoming leadership will be supported by his seniors from the Philippine Military Academy classes of 1983 to 1985 despite only being a member of class 1986 himself.
"I just hope na susunod sila sa akin. Nagkataon na ako ang pinili ni presidente eh di sumunod sila sa akin. At hindi naman mahirap pasunurin 'yan mga upper classmen ko dahil alam naman nila yan, tanggap nila yan," he said.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
*Minor edits have been made by the Fhm.com.ph editors.
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