- Senator Panfilo Lacson has expressed his full confidence for the new PNP chief Ronald "Bato" de la Rosa
- Lacson described De la Rosa as a man of action and not words
- The senator urged President Rodrigo Duterte to give all of the police authority to De la Rosa and not to local government officials who want to meddle in appointing police chiefs
Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Sunday that he believes that the new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, will be an effective boss of the country’s police force.
He cited Dela Rosa’s characteristics as the reasons for his great potential as the PNP chief, describing the bald and bulky crimefighter as a “rustic, simple and silent man” who is more of a “doer.”
The senator said that he knows De la Rosa well because the latter served in the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force during Lacson’s time as the PNP chief.
Lacson added that another positive trait of De la Rosa is that he is a courageous policeman who will not be scared of leading high-ranking PNP officials.
“Knowing him, I don’t think he will be intimidated by his upperclassmen,” Lacson said.
The senator revealed that he advised De la Rosa during their recent conversation to show the entire police force that he is their only boss and to not let the local government politicians meddle in appointing police chiefs in hometowns and provinces.
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Lacson urged De la Rosa to tell Duterte about the importance of having full authority in the PNP so that he could also implement proper discipline and significant policies. According to the senator, De la Rosa will not gain the full respect of the police force if local politicians are given some of the authority in appointing police chiefs.
Lacson also expressed his approval of Duterte’s plan to involve military men in fighting crime, pointing out that he did it with effective results during his time as the PNP chief.
He also expressed his opposition to Duterte’s idea of allowing the communist New People’s Army in killing criminals, explaining that this plan is a great disrespect for the government and the judiciary.
“I am not for the use of outside law enforcers to enforce the law,” Lacson explained. - DN, Kami Media