“I am an honest man and I come with a clean heart.”
Senatorial bet and former chief of the Philippine National Police Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa described himself as such in offering his services to the people in the upcoming May midterm polls.
The former Bureau of Corrections chief was welcomed in San Antonio, Nueva Ecija on Monday night by Mayor Arvin C. Salonga when he graced the town’s Tambo Festival 2019 at the jampacked municipal gymnasium where an exhibition game dubbed “Basketball with the Stars and Legends” was held.
“Honest ako and I come with a clean heart kahit i-open ninyo ang puso ko, kung may makita kayong dungis o bahid ng kasamaan o ng pangungurakot o bahid ng pang-aabuso, di po ako maglalakas-loob na haharap sa inyo at hihingi ng suporta, ako po ay prangka kung susuwertihin ako, never po kayo na magsisisi, itaga ‘nyo sa bato,” explained Dela Rosa, adding he has already proven this with his unblemished record in corruption during his time as PNP chief.
He added that he will push for the passage of the death penalty for big-time traffickers, noting his past stint as BuCor chief where he got to see how the alleged drug operations by these drug lords worked.
On a lighter note, Dela Rosa, now a civilian, confirmed he is watching the upcoming Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner fight in the United States on January 19.
“Wala na akong pakialam sa sasabihin ng mga kritiko, sasabihin nila na bawal sa akin na conflict of interest, civilian na ako,” he said, adding he is confident that Sen. Manny Pacquaio, his kumpadre, will win the bout over Broner.
“Para kasing wine si Pacquaio, aged in wood, habang tumatanda lalong lumalakas, lalong gumagaling,” said Dela Rosa.
Talking about his upcoming movie, “Bato: The Ronald dela Rosa Story,” which is top-billed by action star Robin Padilla, the former PNP chief said he sees no problem his bio-pic being shown to the public very soon.
Dela Rosa said his true-to-life story will be released before the start of the official campaign period.