- Sen. Grace Poe gave a positive feedback on Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa’s performance as the PNP Chief
- Poe said that Dela Rosa seemed to be honest and trustworthy
- However, Poe said that Dela Rosa can sometimes get carried away with his over-the-top statements
Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday gave her feedback on the performance of Director General “Bato” dela Rosa as the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
According to the senator, Dela Rosa seemed to be trustworthy and honest.
“Sa nakikita ko sa kanya meron naman akong tiwala dahil may lakas loob s’ya (Based on what I can see, I trust him because he has courage),” Grace Poe said during a radio interview.
The senator added that the PNP chief also seemed to be more honest compared to other people who attend Senate hearings. Dela Rosa attended the recent Senate inquiry regarding the spate of summary killings in the Philippines led by Senator Leila de Lima.
“Alam mo marami na kasi kaming mga nakakausap sa Senado sa tingin ko naman mas tapat s’ya ikumpara mo sa mga iba na nakausap na namin (You know that we talk to a lot of people in the Senate and I believe that he is more honest compared to the others we have talked to),” Poe explained.
According to Poe, Bato was also a better communicator compared to the previous PNP Chief, Alan Purisima. Poe was among the senators who urged Purisima to resign after the 2015 Mamasapano massacre which left 44 members of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) dead.
The senator – who was defeated in the May 9 Presidential election by Bato’s friend Rodrigo Duterte – also gave some constructive criticism for the PNP chief.
“Sa ngayon pinagkakatiwalaan ko s’ya (dela Rosa). Sa tingin ko naman ay sinsero s’ya sa kanyang mga mandato pero minsan naki-carried away din (For now, I trust him. I think that he is sincere with his mandate but he can get carried away sometimes)…” Grace Poe stated.
Dela Rosa recently apologized for his comments urging drug users to burn the houses of known drug lords in order to express their anger. – Kami Media