By Roy Mabasa
President Rodrigo R. Duterte confirmed he will appoint Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa as head of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) when he finishes his tour of duty.
Dela Rosa will retire on January 21, 2018 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.
But his new assignment will have to wait because the President intends to extend Dela Rosa’s term for another three months to “perform additional tasks”.
Duterte made this confirmation during the Christmas party he tendered for the members of the Malacanang Press Corps, Tuesday night.
Secretary Christoper “Bong” Go, special assistant to Duterte, also confirmed Dela Rosa’s impending designation.
BuCor is presently headed by retired police Chief Superintendent Valfrie Tabian as officer-in-charge.
I have the discretion to extend even beyond retirement age. Marami pa kasi akong gagawin. I want to do some things of utmost importance and I need to extend the tour of duty of General Dela Rosa to something like two to three months,” Duterte said in an interview at the sidelines of the ceremonial demilitarization of seized firearms at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City yesterday.
According to the President, Dela Rosa’s task is mainly about infrastructure or physical setting of the police headquarters.
“Once the projects are in place or operational, then he goes to the BuCor (Bureau of Corrections),” he said.
Part of Dela Rosa’s tasks, according to the President, is the transfer and construction of new camps.
“But this time, I am not ready to spill it out before the public,” he said.
The other day, Dela Rosa said the President intimated his plans for him to reform the BuCor where illegal drug trade reportedly still persists.
“I don’t run away from challenges, lalong-lalo na kung yung nagbibigay ng challenge ay yung taong pinaka-respetado ko. Talagang hindi ko siya ipapahiya. I will take the challenge,” Dela Rosa told reporters.