MANILA - Philippine National Police Chief, Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa on Sunday sought unity, as he revealed his sole wish for his 55th birthday: the reform of rogue policemen.
"Sana po, yung mga pulis criminal-minded, mga sindikatong pulis, magbago na kayo. 'Wag niyo hintayin na magiging receiving end ng criminal minds ninyo, ng kriminalidad na ginagawa niyo 'yung pamilya mo mismo, 'yung mahal mo sa buhay," Dela Rosa said at his birthday bash at Camp Crame.
(I wish that criminal-minded policemen, cops who belong to syndicates would change. Don't wait for your families and loved ones to be on the receiving end of your criminal minds themselves.)
"I have 1 more year to go sa aking career, wish ko lang sana, lahat ng mga pulis na sindikato magbago na kayo."
(I have 1 more year left in my career. I only wish that all policemen syndicates would change.)
The highly popular Dela Rosa faced resignation calls last week after he admitted that Korean business man Ick Joo Jee was allegedly killed by rogue cops at the PNP headquarters.
Hounded by the controversy, Dela Rosa described his birthday as bittersweet, calling it his "best" and "most challenging."
"This birthday is the best ever birthday for me because wala na ako hihingin pa kay Lord. Binigay na Niya lahat. Hindi ko po akalain na ako'y magiging Chief PNP. Pasalamat tayo kay Lord na ginawa niyang presidente si President Duterte. I can't ask for more. Ito po yung pinaka-matamis na birthday gift," he said.
(This birthday is the best ever birthday for me because I have nothing to ask from the Lord. He has already given me everything. I've never thought I would become the Chief PNP. I thank the Lord because he made President Duterte the president. I can't ask for more. This is the greatest birthday gift.)
"It is also the most challenging birthday for me because you can just imagine… Napakaganda po na birthday gift na ibinigay sa akin ng mga sindikatong pulis. Isang napaka-sensational crime na ginawa pa ninyo sa kampo. Kaya naman very trying times po ito ngayon sa atin," Dela Rosa added.
(But it is also the most challenging birthday for me because you can just imagine… Rogue policemen also gave me such a great gift. They committed a very sensational crime inside our camp. This is why we face very trying times.)
Dela Rosa asked his police officials to unite and help the PNP earn back the public's trust.
"I wish, I hope and I pray na tayong lahat sa PNP we have had enough lessons learned, we have had enough heartaches, we have had enough galit, inis kung bakit ito nangyayari sa akin. Sana po yung galit natin ngayon, i-convert natin nyan into actions," Dela Rosa added.
(I wish, I hope and I pray that everyone in the PNP, we have had enough lessons learned, we have had enough heartaches, we have had enough angst over why this is happening to me. I wish we convert that angst into actions.)
"As the Chief PNP, I have 165,000 uniformed police officers and around 30,000 non-uniformed police officers. Hindi ko po yun isa-isang mababantayan kaya thank God nandiyan kayaong mga subordinate commanders para mabantayan yung ating mga tauhan. Tulong-tulong po tayo."
(As the PNP chief, I have 165,000 uniformed police officers and around 30,000 non-uniformed police officers. I can't watch over each of them so I thank God that I have subordinate commanders to guide our ranks. Let's help each other.)
Dela Rosa has offered his resignation to Duterte, but the President declined to accept it and instead affirmed his "complete trust" in the country's top cop.