By Erma Edera
Despite aspiring for a senatorial seat in the 2019 elections, former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and now Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Director General Ronaldo “Bato” dela Rosa admitted that he does not know anything about inflation when asked about the topic.
“Sa totoo lang hindi ako magaling diyan, wala po akong alam diyan alangan naman sabihin ko na magaling ako sa ekonomiya. I’m not a businessman and economist, I am a law enforcer so dito ako magconcentrate sa peace and order.” (To be honest, I’m not knowledgeable about that, instead of saying that I am good in economy. I’m not a businessman and economist, I am a law enforcer so I will just concentrate about peace and order), he said.
Dela Rosa was interviewed when he filed his certificate of candidacy (CoC) before the Commission on Elections on Friday.
He also supported Senate President Vicente Sotto III lowering the criminal liability to 13 years old. “Yes, ibalik natin sa dati.” (Yes, let’s revert to the old ways), he said.
On extrajudicial killings, he said that it needs to be investigated.
“Paimbestigahan natin kung meron man mananagot ang dapat managot.” (Those who erred will be punished), Dela Rosa added.
He also vowed to continue to fight against illegal drugs and would restore death penalty on drug trafficking and heinous crimes such as rape and murder.
“I will still support it because that is my brainchild,” he said.
Dela Rosa filed his COC at 11am Thursday on what he said was based on the advice of a feng shui expert whom he consulted, who explained to him that he can best absorb energy at this time of the day since “sun is directly above you.”
On Sept 12, Dela Rosa announced his senatorial bid when he took his oath as the newest member of the ruling PDP-Laban.
He decided to run as a senator after President Rodrigo Duterte gave him the go-ahead during the Hugpong ng Pagbabago convention in Davao City on October.
Dela Rosa also took into consideration after he placed seventh in a June 2018 Pulse Asia survey for possible senatorial bets in 2019 midterm elections.