Chief Supt. Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa will most likely take part in large police operations once he assumes the top post as Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
“Kilala kasing warrior si De la Rosa at sanay siya sa bakbakan, [De la Rosa has a reputation of being a warrior and is adept in dangerous missions]” PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor told reporters in Camp Crame.
Mayor added that De la Rosa is a known shooting aficionado and has excellent marksmanship, one reason why he would not hesitate to lead his men in police operations.
“We cannot prevent or stop him if this is his style of leadership,” Mayor said.
The PNP spokesman added that this could be De la Rosa’s way of sending a message to his commanders that they should personally go out in the field and not be complacent in their work.
Meanwhile, a group of retired police officers on Friday revealed that some senior police officials are grumbling over the naming of Chief Supt. De la Rosa as the incoming PNP chief.
Retired police Director Federico Castro Jr., of the Police Cavaliers Association Inc., (PCAI) said that senior police officers who were bypassed were demoralized by De la Rosa’s appointment.
“These senior police officers cannot do anything here, except that they should respect the decision of the incoming commander in chief,” Castro told reporters in Camp Crame.
However, Castro said that PCAI is still elated over De la Rosa’s appointment as the next PNP chief. He said De la Rosa is also a PCAI member being a product of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class 1986.
“We just hope that Chief Supt. Ronald de la Rosa will continue the good program that was already started by the outgoing PNP Chief, Director General Ricardo Marquez,” Castro said.
De la Rosa outshined members of PMA classes ‘83, ‘84 and ‘85 in the race to succeed Marquez to head the 150,000 strong police organization.
Chief Supt. Mayor clarified that police officials are trained to follow orders and that they will toe the line when De la Rosa takes over as Chief PNP.
“All of us are wishing or dreaming to become the PNP chief. But only the president has the prerogative to choose who it will be, and no one can question that,” Mayor explained.