IBA KAMI SA DAVAO. Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director Ronald dela Rosa on Tuesday praised the work ethic of fellow police officers from Davao City, saying many local officials in Metro Manila want Davao cops as station commanders in their city.
"Sabi nila, 'Iba kasi kapag taga-Davao. Sigurado kaming matino, masipag, masigasig at walang takot,'" he shared.
(They said, 'Davao policemen are different. We're sure they're upright, industrious, determined and fearless.)
But the PNP chief said he was not able to grant these requests because a lot of Davao policemen have already been assigned to Malacañang Palace and Camp Crame.
"Galit na galit na po si Mayor Sara sa Davao dahil lahat ng magagaling na pulis ng Davao, kung hindi napunta sa Malacañang, andito sa Camp Crame, kaya wala na akong maibigay sa inyo," he said.
(Mayor Sara is irked because all the top policemen in Davao City have been assigned to Malacañang or Camp Crame. I have no Davao policemen to spare.)
Dela Rosa attributed the untarnished reputation of Davao police to the high standards of service demanded in the southern city, where President Rodrigo Duterte was mayor for 20 years.
"Everywhere I go, I'm very proud to say na iba ang standards namin sa Davao. Very rare kang makakita dito ng pulis na nainvolve sa droga. Kung mayroon man, mamamatay agad, hindi magtatagal. Papatayin talaga namin, iba ang standard dito," he said.
(Everywhere I go, I'm very proud to say that we have different standards in Davao. It is very rare for cops here to be involved in the drug trade. Scalawag policemen don't last long here. We really kill them, we have different standards here.)