- PNP Chief ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa visited ‘It’s Showtime’ to play in one of their segments
- He was supposed to appear on GGV last week but failed to do so after President Duterte called him for an emergency meeting
- The new PNP chief was game on engaging in a playful banter with hosts
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa took a time off from work and dropped by noontime show ‘It’s Showtime’ as a contestant on their ‘Trabahula’ segment on Thursday, July 21.
Dela Rosa was initially set to make a guest appearance on ‘Gandang Gabi Vice’ but unfortunately had to cancel at the last minute because of an emergency meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte. Nevertheless, Vice Ganda, along with co-hosts and madlang people, were grateful that the PNP director general was able to grant their request of attending ‘It’s Showtime’ instead.
When asked about the possible career he would have taken if being a police officer did not work out, Dela Rosa quipped that he might have walked down the path of being a boxer – adding that his favorite athlete from the sport is Flash Elorde.
Despite appearing fearless, Dela Rosa confessed of still having a list of things that could scare him – among it were his wife, Nancy, God, and ghosts. He further added that he was scared of his wife as he could no longer defend himself in an argument with her, contrary to President Duterte wherein he still has the chance to explain his side of the story.
Moreover, Dela Rosa shared of failing to have a time for relaxation the moment he assumed his position. He said that he preferred to allot his spare time to sleep instead of engaging in other activities.
As for how his nickname ‘Bato’ began, Dela Rosa explained that after his Scout Ranger training, his physique resembled that of a rock’s. Later on, when the senior officers found out that he hailed from Barangay Bato, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, the name stuck. He was also referred to as ‘Bebot’ back when he was still a child, as the word means ‘boy’ in the Visayan language.
Before beginning the game, Vhong Navarro shared of the long line waiting outside Dela Rosa’s dressing room, hoping to meet the PNP chief and have their photographs taken together.
He was successfully able to guess the correct ‘trabahador’ but did not go home with his own winnings as he donated them to the other contestants instead.