by Ben R. Rosario and Philippine News Agency
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has backtracked on his call for Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to resign and said he should be given a chance to prove that he deserves the trust of President Duterte by cleansing the PNP of scalawags.
Alvarez said Dela Rosa should just devote his undivided attention to the task of eliminating the scalawags in the police force.
Alvarez made the statement after President Duterte said there is no need for Dela Rosa to resign and that “Bato” still enjoys his full trust and confidence.
“I have said my piece and I would have to agree with those who have suggested to give the Chief PNP a chance to fix the problems that the PNP is currently facing,” Alvarez said.
The House leader had earlier urged Dela Rosa to leave his post following reports that the Korean victim, Ick-Joo Jee, was killed “under his nose” inside the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, saying this is necessary to spare President Duterte from further embarrassment.
Alvarez, who attended the 55th birthday celebration of Dela Rosa in Camp Crame on Sunday along with the President, clarified that his call for the embattled PNP chief’s resignation was nothing personal. He said he respects the President’s decision.
“I would just like to clarify that there is a separation between our friendship and work. I was invited by Gen. Bato in his birthday party, so I went there as his friend,” Alvarez said.
“I and the House Speaker talked about it (the controversies), it’s okay. What have been talked about? It is just between me and the House Speaker. What have been said (by the House Speaker) it’s just part of his job,” Dela Rosa said.
The Speaker said the lower chamber is not likely to probe the killing of the Korean since the Senate is already poised to conduct such a probe on the strength of a resolution filed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson.
However, Alvarez gave assurance that the House of Representatives is ready to help in case the PNP would need legislative action to institute needed reforms in the country’s police organization.
Yesterday, Dela Rosa called on all police officers and men to get rid of drug syndicates and other evils of society. With a report from Anthony Giron)