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Outgoing chief ‘Bato’ shares last Christmas wish for PNP

/ 01:27 PM December 19, 2017
PNP Chief Ronald Bato Dela Rosa

PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa INQUIRER file photo / MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has a wish on his last Christmas with the agency he has been leading since 2016.

“Wala ‘ko ibang hingin na regalo galing sa inyo, ito lang, na sana isali nyo lagi sa inyong pagdadasal na sana ang PNP ay maging successful sa ating adhikain na makamit ang drug-free Philippines,” Dela Rosa said during his speech at the culmination of PNP’s Christmas activities last Monday.

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(I don’t wish for any gifts from all of you except this: I hope you include in your prayers that the PNP will succeed in strive to attain a drug-free Philippines.)

“At sana yung ating kapulisan walang gagawa ng masama, walang gagawa ng pag-abuso, lahat dapat ay disiplinado at sumusunod sa rule of law,” he added.

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(And I hope our police force will no longer commit wrong doings, no more abuses, all of you are disciplined and following the rule of law.)

Last Dec. 13, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would extend Dela Rosa’s term for about two to three months before he appoints him as the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) leader.

READ: Duterte to extend Bato’s term for 2 to 3 months

The PNP chief is set to retire on Jan. 21, 2018 when he turns 56 – the mandatory age of retirement in the uniformed service.

“This is my last Christmas kasi ‘di na naman siguro ako i-extend ng Presidente until December 2018, so I presume this is my last Christmas,” he said.

Dela Rosa also expressed his gratitude to the public, and to the policemen who sacrificed their lives in the name of service.

“Gusto ko lang, from the bottom of my heart magpapasalamat ako sa inyong lahat, sa kapulisan, sa lahat ng ating nakamit sa taong ito,” he said.

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(I just want, from the bottom of my heart, to thank you all for the achievements we attained this year.)

“May mga kasamahan tayong nagbuwis ng buhay, ibang kasamahan nagkasira-sira ang pamilya dahil napabayaan, yung ibang kasamahan natin nagkakasakit dahil pina-priority ang serbisyo,” he added. /jpv

(We have colleagues in uniform who risked their lives, others become victims of broken family, while others get sick because they priority rendering service.)

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