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‘Bato’ on his stint as PNP chief: ‘A roller coaster ride, but more ups than downs’

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa yesterday described his 21-month stint as the country’s top cop as a roller coaster ride — with the killing of Korean Jee Ick Joo and sitting helpless before Senate inquiry as the lowest points of his tenure. 

“The lowest point was the Jee Ick Joo case, he was killed inside here in the camp…it went to my voluntary resignation from this post,” de la Rosa told Camp Crame reporters during his regular Monday press briefing.
Jee was killed allegedly by members of the PNP-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group right inside Camp Crame. The brutal crime led President Duterte to stop all PNP anti-drug operations, and prompted Dela Rosa to dissolve AIDG.
“Next, would be when we faced the Senate — facing the senators defenseless. All you can do is swallow what’s hurting you. Because you’re a resource person, you cannot answer back, I tried to handle it until I started crying because I was hurt,” he added.
In spite of these, the chief PNP maintained that his highest points overwhelmed the low times.
“I am always high because of the public’s acceptance to our war on drugs,” de la Rosa said.
“Every time I go out, wherever I go, people — young, old, women, men, rich or poor, all of them are congratulating us and they want to have selfie and thanking the PNP for our war on drugs,” he added.
De la Rosa is scheduled to relinquish the PNP top post to his mistah from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class of 1986 incumbent National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar Albayalde this week.
Actually de la Rosa reached the mandatory retirement age of 56 last January but his tenure was extended by President Duterte for three months.
The first PNP chief appointed by Duterte, de la Rosa is expected to assume as Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) chief after taking a brief vacation.
Overall, Dela Rosa said he did his best and satisfied with what was achieved by the PNP since he assumed office in July 2016, particularly in the war against illegal drugs.
“The last 21 months of the PNP was a roller coaster ride — ups and downs but more ups than downs. They say pull down seven times but we get up eight times,” said Dela Rosa.
The chief PNP stressed that he does not regret any decision he made as the country’s top cop.
“I used my heart and my mind in all I have done. As I have said if I fell short of the expectations of the public, sorry but that is all a chief PNP from the province can do. I have no regret, I did what I have to do,” declared de la Rosa.
Meanwhile, de la Rosa said that the PNP’s war against illegal drugs continued to gain ground.
Since the re-launching of Project Double Barrel and Oplan Tokhang last December, Dela Rosa said that the PNP continued to score big in the campaign.
De la Rosa said that from December 2017 up to April 13, 2018, a total of 19,086 drug offenders were arrested in 12,032 separate anti-illegal drugs operations conducted across the country by the police drug enforcement units in different levels of command.
The operations resulted in 207 deaths.
Among the top-performing regional offices were the NCRPO with 3,620 operations conducted resulting in 7,162 arrests; PRO4A with 1,837 operations and 2,998 arrests; PRO3 with 1,691 operations and 3,392 arrests; and PRO7 with 1,428 operations and 2,180 arrests.
All PROs also fared well in the left-hand effort in the anti-illegal drugs drive through 9,566 separate Tokhang activities that yielded 8,081 surrenderers.

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