Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said he is willing to go to jail if it will be proven that he had broken the law, when he accepted a free trip to the United States more than a week ago.
The Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) last week said it was investigating whether the PNP chief violated the code of conduct for public officials when he watched Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao’s boxing match in Las Vegas, Nevada at the lawmaker’s expense last November 6.
Dela Rosa told a press briefing after Monday’s flag-raising in Camp Crame in Quezon City that he was ready to go to jail if it would be proven that he had indeed broken the law.
“If the investigation determines that I was at fault, then I’m ready to go to jail. They can imprison me. It’s okay. I will go to jail if I did something wrong,” he said in Filipino.
“The important thing is I am honest. I didn’t lie. I spoke the truth, for transparency. If I did that, I am man enough to go to jail if proven guilty,” dela Rosa added.
He was at ringside in Las Vegas when Pacquiao stopped Mexican Jessie Vargas to claim the World Boxing Organization welterweight championship.
Pacquiao reportedly had bought some 2,000 tickets, worth almost $1 million, and flew in some of his friends from the government to watch his comeback fight.