PNP chief Bato cries during Senate probe

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The chief could not help but cry as he expressed his determination to reform the PNP.

On Wednesday, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa became emotional during the Senate probe on the death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa.

Dela Rosa could not help but to cry after Senator Miguel Zubiri praised and appreciated him and told him that the senators fully support him in the anti-illegal drug campaign.

Zubiri said Dela Rosa could have felt disappointment over the involvement of several police officers in drug trades.

"Sa tingin ko, ikaw na lang ang pinagkakatiwalaan namin. Ikaw na lang talaga ang pag-asa namin, because we believe in you," he said.

Zubiri's statement made Dela Rosa emotional, expressing his plight as the police chief and his love for the PNP organization.

"I, myself, sinasabi ko nga minsan hindi ko na alam kung sino ang pagkatiwalaan.... Like itong si Chief Inspector Espenido, nilagay ko siya doon as chief of police ng Albuera because buo ang paniniwala ko kahit hindi siya personally kilala," Dela Rosa said.

"Gustung-gusto ko lang ma-reform ang PNP, kasi mahal na mahal ko ang organization namin kahit ako ay hirap na hirap na," he added.

"I will never surrender. Masasabi ko sa inyo, if you survive the board in the Academy, sa PMA, you will survive the world. Kaya ko 'to. Hindi ko ito uurungan. Lilinisin ko ang PNP hangga't sa makaya ko," he said.

Dela Rosa also called on the public to be more patient and understanding of their work as police officials.

"Medyo nahihirapan na rin kami. Nahihirapan na rin kami na mag-adjust dahil sa mga pangyayari. But please understand na kami po ay tao lang," he said.
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Despite the hardships, the PNP chief said he will not stop performing his duties.

"Andiyan na kami sa sitwasyon na 'yan [pero] we will survive.... We will do everything humanly possible. Linisin natin ang PNP," he said.

"Hindi ako Superman, ako ay ordinaryong pulis lang. Pero since nilagay ako bilang chief PNP ni Presidente, gagawin ko lahat, lilinisin natin ito, even if it costs my life," he added.

Zubiri then apologized to Dela Rosa, telling him he did not intend for the chief to be emotional and he was just giving him a reassurance that they believe in him.

"My intention was to show you our support that we believe in you, General," he said.

The senator then went to Dela Rosa and gave him a hug to comfort him.


Senator Francis Escudero told a joke to change the emotional atmosphere.

"Sabi niyo ho kanina, hindi kayo si Superman," Escudero told Dela Rosa. "Katabi niyo po si Batman," referring to alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

Espinosa's code name for illegal drug trades was Batman hence the joke of Escudero.


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