'Bato' Dela Rosa wants 'Department of Corrections'

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 02 2019 11:30 PM | Updated as of Jul 03 2019 12:00 AM

MANILA - Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said Tuesday among the first bills he will file include one seeking the creation of a “Department of Corrections" to streamline government agencies tasked to manage the country’s jails.

Dela Rosa, a former police and corrections bureau chief, said the department will combine the functions of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and provincial and city jails currently managed by local government units.

Currently, the BuCor and BJMP are under the jurisdictions of the justice and interior departments, respectively.

Dela Rosa said he would also file a bill making the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) for Grades 11 and 12 mandatory and another one making drug education a requirement among Grades 4 to 12 students.

But Dela Rosa’s first bill in his first term as senator is the reimposition of death penalty for drug traffickers.

He said he might push for firing squad as the mode of killing a convicted drug trafficker.

The neophyte senator said the level of convicted drug trafficker who would be subject to death penalty will still be up for debates.

Meanwhile, Dela Rosa said he is still eyeing the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, currently chaired by Sen. Panfilo Lacson who has expressed openness to give his post to the former police chief.

Dela Rosa said he was also told that the Committee on Peace, Unification and Reconciliation, chaired by former senator and now Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II, has no takers. 

He said he might volunteer to chairmanship of this committee if no one will take it.