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PNP chief refutes Gordon’s ‘bato-gan’ claims, says he can’t please everyone



Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald de la Rosa yesterday lashed back at Sen. Richard Gordon for calling him “bato-gan” or lazy for his failure to curb crimes committed by riding-in-tandem.

De la Rosa, nicknamed “Bato” or rock, stressed that the PNP has been scoring heavily against riding-in-tandem criminals, particularly in Metro Manila.
“Please tell the honorable senator that we have arrested so many riding-in-tandem…you want me to mention them one by one…we have a long list but I will give you recapitulation…at SPD (Southern Police District) alone, it has a total of 49 accomplishments where riding in tandem suspects are arrested, excluding of those who died in police operations,” de la Rosa said.
The chief PNP said that from July 1, 2016 or the day he officially assumed as top cop, SPD alone launched 65 operations against riding-in-tandem suspects, resulting in the killing of four suspects while 53 others were arrested.
“The whole of NCRPO (National Capital Region Police Office), there’s a lot more,” de la Rosa said.
“We are making so much arrest, we are not sleeping on our job,” he stressed.
Last week, Gordon said he is inclined to change de la Rosa’s nickname from “Bato” to “bato-gan” or lazy if the PNP fails to address crimes committed by riding-in-tandem suspects.
De la Rosa admitted he is slighted by the name-calling of Gordon.
“He can call me whatever names he wants to call me, that is part of my salary…to be humiliated, doubted, bull out…I can take whatever names, he can call me batugan,” de la Rosa said.
“But please remind him that a batugan when he gets angry can become bato-machine gun,” he added.
De la Rosa, however, maintained that he accepts that fact that he cannot please everyone even if he works very hard to keep the public safe and secure.
“I feel a bit slighted that despite that we already lacked in sleep, working so hard to clear our streets (of criminals) and bring back safe environment for our people…you really can’t please everyone,” de la Rosa said.
“At least, what is important to me are the ordinary people who tell me that they are happy to what we are doing,” he added.



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