By Jeffrey Damicog
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Thursday welcomed the appointment of Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald (Bato) de la Rosa as the next Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief.
“Definitely, I support his appointment and I know that his stint as PNP chief will be very useful in addressing the problems in the BuCor,” he stated.
Even before President Rodrigo Duterte announced the appointment, Aguirre revealed that he was being consulted about de la Rosa’s appointment to the BuCor.
“I wholeheartedly agreed and supported it,” Aguirre recounted.
“As a matter of fact, I endorsed to the Palace the appointments of the three Deputy Directors of Bucor, who are all retired mistahs of Gen. Bato,” added the Secretary said.
Aguirre was referring to retired police generals Valfrie Tabian who is now the director general officer-in-charge, Melvin Ramon Buenafe and Heriberto Olitoquit.
“BuCor needs the kind of caliber of Gen. Bato to solve its very difficult problems,” he reiterated.
Meanwhile, Duterte announced on Wednesday he is extending for three more months the services of de la Rosa who is supposed to retire on January 18, 2018.
“Bato is extended kasi may order pa ako sa kanila na hindi pa tapos (I extended his service because he has not yet finished my tasks for him), and you will see it in the coming three months,” explained Duterte.
On the selection of the next PNP chief, Duterte said he does not want to express his preference and would rather leave the decision to the police themselves to choose whoever they feel is the right person to lead them.