President Rodrigo Roa Duterte appointed his right hand when he was still Davao City mayor and Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa assumed his position as chief of the Philippine National Police.
Bato was also the acting vice mayor of Davao City working hand-in-hand with Duterte in making Davao City to what it is today.
Below are the five reasons why Bato is a badass PNP chief.
He hates “ninja” cops
In his speech after his appointment as PNP chief, Bato issued a warning to his fellow cops involved in illegal activities such as drugs and kidnapping. He even ordered a surprise drug test to all attendees of his turnover rites in Camp Crame.
He is in favor of death penalty
It is not surprising that Bato is in favor of death penalty after working under Duterte for so long. He wished that death penalty will be revived for grave offenders and high profile criminals. He even said that he wants death penalty by hanging in order to send a strong message to criminals.
He is scared of ghosts, but not of drug lords
Drug lords offered a P50 million bounty for the head of Bato dela Rosa, to which the PNP laughed at. He jokingly said to his enemies, “Bring it on!” However, in an interview, he revealed that he was afraid of ghosts, especially as a young child as he passes a cemetery on his way home.
He echoes Duterte’s call for war against crime and corruption
Coming in with a clean heart and conscience as he says, Bato wages war against criminality as Duterte tasked him to eliminate crime in the Philippines. As of the moment, the Duterte-Bato tandem has been rounding up criminals, especially the drug users and pushers. When they were still in Davao, the two has Oplan TukHang (Tuktok-Hangyo) to encourage drug offenders to surrender.
He has a weird sense of humor
Amidst his brash and badass personality, Bato has a sense of humor. During the inaugural speech of President Duterte, he was swaying his head when the camera caught him. In his appointment speech, he cracked jokes about the White House for PNP Chief built by outgoing Alan Purisima.