- Senator Lacson wants General Bato Dela Rosa to maintain the good impression on the police force
- He urged the PNP chief to act against PNP impunity following the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa which appeared to be premeditated as backed by evidence
- Dela Rosa agreed with the senator but explained it's not easy to comply with the latter's standard
Senator Panfilo Lacson has an advice to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa: maintain the good imression on policemen and act to clear the tarnished image of the PNP.
This came after the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. appeared to be intentional. Evidence showed that the incident on November 5 was premeditated.
Lacson told Dela Rosa on Wednesday that the latter must do something about police impunity.
"If there's anyone here who understands law enforcement, especially kung ano ang buhay ng pulis, ako siguro 'yun. Ako, I for one, I can speak for myself. I can give you so much leeway doon sa inyong enforcement," he said during the Senate hearing.
(If there's anyone here who understands law enforcement, especially the life of a policeman, that's me. I for one, I can speak for myself. I can give you so much leeway with your law enforcement.)
He furthered that it is Dela Rosa's job as the head of the PNP.
"Pero pagka masyadong blatant na, with impunity, I think as chief PNP, you should do something," Lacson added.
(But when it becomes very blatant, with impunity, I think as chief PNP, you should do something.)
Lacson who served as the PNP chief during the Estrada administration pointed out the he can keep his eyes close to small things, but not with major issues concerning the welfare of others who might suffer in the long run.
Meanwhile, Dela Rosa nodded in agreement but noted that it's difficult to comply to Lacson's standard.
"Alam ko kung paano mo ni-lead 'yung PNP during your time, at 'yan po ang gusto kong sundin, pero mukhang hindi ko yata kaya Sir kasi 'yung standard mo'y mahirap sundan. Nag-iisa lang 'yung General Lacson, ako si Bato lang," he told Lacson.
(I know how you led the PNP during your time and that is the standard I want to follow but it is difficult because there is only one General Lacson.)