- Former PNP chief Bato dela Rosa said that he asked for forgiveness from Bishop Rolando Tirona
- He said that he is asking for forgiveness for those killed by the admin’s drug war
- Dela Rosa was accompanied by his wife and had a prayer meeting in the bishop’s office
Senate candidate and former Philippine National Police (PNP) Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa asked for forgiveness from Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona. KAMI learned that Dela Rosa sought for forgiveness for the people killed by the administration’s “war on drugs” during his term in PNP.
In a report by the Manila Bulletin, Dela Rosa personally went to visit the bishop. He was accompanied by his wife Nancy, and they had a seven-minute prayer meeting in the bishop’s office.
“Humingi ako ng tawad kay bishop sa mga namatay dahil sa war on drugs nung ako ay PNP chief pa. Hindi lang mga drug personalities kundi ihihingi ko na rin ng tawad yung mga namatay na pulis dahil sa kampanya,” said Dela Rosa.
The Senate bet also shared that even though he believed that the anti-narcotics campaign was legal, he still insisted to ask for forgiveness.
"Humingi ako ng patawad at sana matulungan niya akong i-pray na sana lahat ng namatay sa war on drugs eh pumunta sa langit," the former PNP chief told CNN Philippines.
According to Dela Rosa, whenever he would kill someone as part of his duty, he would pray right after and ask for God’s forgiveness.
"Sasabihin nila, 'Si Bato, killer 'yan,' pero hindi nila alam every time makapatay ako, pupunta akong simbahan, humahagulgol ako doon, humihingi ng tawad kay Lord na, 'Lord, pasiyensiya na nagawa ko 'yun in the line of duty, but they still deserve to live kahit na masamang tao 'yun," Dela Rosa said.
As previously reported by KAMI, Dela Rosa plans to bring back “death penalty” if he becomes a senator. According to him, it was President Rodrigo Duterte’s advice that he should run as a senator in the upcoming mid-term elections.
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