by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Friday, May 11th, 2018
Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa takes his oath of office before newly-installed Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra
MANILA, Philippines – Former Police Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa was officially sworn into office Friday, May 11, as the new head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor.)
As he accepts his new job, Dela Rosa is confident that he can accomplish what is expected of him specifically in clearing the country’s penitentiaries of traces of illegal drugs.
“Sige lang. Bigyan ninyo lang ako ng time. I will institute immediate reforms without cost to the government. Hanapan ko ng paraan iyan. Diskarte ko na iyan…ang importante mapahinto talaga ang drug transaction sa loob,” the new BuCor chief said.
(Just give me time. I will institute immediate reforms without cost to the government. I will find a way. The important thing is to stop drug transactions inside.)
Dela Rosa said it would be easier to discipline the drug lords inside detention cells as they have nowhere else to go, a task which he said is far more different than when he was still the PNP chief.
“Sa PNP ang kalaban hinahanap pa namin, ibang criminal. Hindi pa namin kilala nasa labas. Ito ngayon sa BuCor ang kalaban ko ang kriminal nasa loob mismo,” he said.
(In the PNP, we had to hunt down our enemies. But in the BuCor, my criminal enemies are all inside.)
Bato plans to assign separate detention cells for foreign and Filipino drug lords inside the penitentiary to further prevent drug transactions in BuCor.
“So kung i-segregate mo iyong supply side, iyong mga Chinese, hindi sila makipag-communicate dito sa mga Pilipino na drug distributor hanggang supply lang sila. Ito namang sa side ng Filipino drug lords, kapag walang supply na makarating, kahit na anong demand sa labas, gaano kalakas ang demand, wala silang supply,” Dela Rosa explained.
(So if you segregate the supply side, the Chinese, they won’t be able to communicate with the Filipino distributors, they’re stuck with the supply. When it comes to the Filipino drug lords, if there’s no supply reaching them , regardless of the demand outside, they have nothing to give.)
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) as BuCor’s supervising agency expressed full support to the plans and advocacies of the new BuCor head.
“We’ll make sure that the Bucor will have the substantial adjustment for increase in its budgetary allocation,” said Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue
by Maris Federez | Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2019
Senator Ronald dela Rosa has issued a public apology for his “shit happens” remark last week.
The senator’s statement stemmed from the death of a three-year-old girl during an anti-illegal drugs operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Rodriguez, Rizal last June 29.
Dela Rosa admitted using wrong choice of words in detailing the said incident.
“Klaruhin ko na lang, hindi maganda ang dating doon sa parents ng bata na namatay. I would like to apologize to the family yung aking wrong use of term. Dapat ang sinabi ko doon instead na ‘shit happens’, dapat unfortunate [I would like to clear, it didn’t sit well with the parents of the dead child. I would like to apologize to the family for my wrong use of term. I shouldn’t have said “shit happens” but, rather, unfortunate],” Dela Rosa said.
The newbie senator promised to be very careful with his choice of words now that he is already a lawmaker. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf
by Marje Pelayo | Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Newly proclaimed senator, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said he still couldn’t believe how his career progressed from being an ordinary policeman to being a lawmaker.
“Hindi pa rin. Hindi ko pa rin maisip na senador na pala ako,” the candid former chief of police said during an interview in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Wednesday (May 22).
Dela Rosa believes his performance in the Philippine National Police (PNP) has contributed a lot to his candidacy plus the fact, he said, that people now prefer politicians who are naturally transparent.
Now that he is officially a lawmaker, Senator “Bato” said he will prioritize crafting legislation that would seek the reinstatement of death penalty for heinous crimes — including erring policemen who plant evidence against drug suspects.
He said he will focus more on peace and order which is essential in the protection of Filipinos, especially the poor, and to the country’s economy.
He argued that no matter how good the plans of the government’s economic manager are, they will never prosper without peace and order.
“Kung may magandang peace and order tayo, mayroong investment,” he said.
(Having an excellent peace and order will yield investments.)
“Kung mayroon investment mayroon employment. Pag mayroong employment, mayroong income. Pag may income, may perang pambili ang ating mga kababyan so napaka-importante ng peace and order,” the senator-elect said.
(More investments mean more employment [opportunities]. More employment means more income. More income means more money which we could use for our people so peace and order is very important.)
In line with this, Dela Rosa is also considering pushing for the mandatory military service in lieu of the Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC).
“Like other countries na pagdating mo ng 18 years old, obligado ka na mag-serve sa military for two years. Walang pakialam ang gobyerno kung anak ka ng mayaman, o ng mahirap, kung sikat ka o artista ka, maganda din iyon,” he said.
(Like other countries that require all 18-year-olds to obligatory military service for two years. The government will not exempt whether you are a son of a wealthy family, or poor family, whether you are famous or a celebrity, that’s good.)
“Gusto ko malakas ang ating territorial defense when it comes to foreign aggression, foreign invasion so kailangang i-prepare natin ang ating kabataan na mayroon tayong enough reserves, human resource reserves,” he added.
(I want our territorial defense to be strong when it comes to foreign aggression, foreign invasion, so we need to prepare our youth so we may have enough reserves, human resource reserves.)
Dela Rosa noted, however, that the government may possibly shoulder the uniform and all the expenses of those who will enter the compulsory military service as they will render service like commissioned military personnel.
As for the ROTC, he said the parents may support since they are now paying for the expenses of their children under the existing National Service Training Program (NSTP).
Dela Rosa, the architect of the Duterte government’s war on drugs, placed fifth in the 2019 midterm senatorial elections garnering a total of 19,004,225 votes. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)
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