Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa names 5 officials who could take over as PNP chief


During Saturday's 2018 Philippine Military Academy Alumni Homecoming, dela Rosa said that either Police Deputy Director General Ramon Apolinario (Class 1985), Police Deputy Director General Archie Gamboa (Class 1986), Deputy Chief for Operations-Police Deputy Director General Fernando Mendez (1986), Director for Operations-Police Director Camilo Cascolan, and National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar Albayalde could replace him.


While he had yet to recommend his successor to President Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa named at least five officials who were eligible to succeed him.

"'Pag nag usap kami ni Presidente, lahat 'yan ng mga 3-star, lahat ng mga 2-star, lahat ng 1-star, they are all capable of becoming the chief PNP, they're eligible. Pero kung personal mag-endorse ako ng pangalan sa kanya, tinatanong niya ko pero wala pa akong masabi sa kanya," Dela Rosa said.

"Maniguro din ako dahil sabihin mo na kahit mistah mo yung i-eendorso mo, mamaya magkamali ka pagdating don, papalpak 'yan doon sa taas, 'pag siya na nakapwesto, ako sisishin ni Presidente," he added.

It was earlier reported that Duterte has picked Apolinario as dela Rosa's successor.

Dela Rosa, who is part of the Sinagtala Class of 1986, said that he was ready to retire but due to the President's order on December 2017, he had to extend his term of duty by two to three months.

"Mahirap man din kung sinabi ni Presidente na wala pa akong nakitang pwedeng ipapalit sayo,, extended ka muna tapos aayaw ako? Eh inggrato ako pagdating sa punto na 'yan," he said.

"Sasabihin ni Presidente, porket napagbigyan na kita, ginawa na kitang chief PNP, buong pagkapulis mo, I have been by your side, I have been at your back, I have been supporting you, ngayong patapos ka na, gusto mo na kaagad mag-relax, iiwan mo na ako dito, ayaw mo na akong tulungan. That's so inggrato for me, 'pag gagawin ko 'yan," he explained.

The PNP chief, meanwhile, admitted that he knew that there were subordinates who were waiting for his retirement.

"Well, everybody wants to be at the top, that's a fact of life. Lahat 'yan gusto umakyat sa taas. So naramdaman ko, hindi naman ako manhid na hindi ko nararamdaman," Dela Rosa said. "Magsisiraan kami? Wala 'yan sa kultura namin na mgasisiraan para lang agawin yung pwesto sa taas."

Dela Rosa reached the mandatory retirement age of 56 last January 21.

Source: GMA
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