MANILA- Former national police chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa is ready to take on public office, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday.
Lacson who parlayed his stint as chief of the Philippine National Police into three terms as senator said Dela Rosa would make a "competent public servant to say the least."
Dela Rosa, the first PNP chief under President Rodrigo Duterte, recently declared his plan to run for senator next year. He is currently the director general of the Bureau of Corrections.
Asked for suggestions on how Dela Rosa should prepare, Lacson said: "Magbasa nang magbasa (read and read)."
"Makinig ka sa kasamahan mo, at gawin mo ang trabaho mo. Matututo ka (Listen to your colleagues, and do your job well. You will learn),” he said.
Dela Rosa previously said he would push for the reinstatement of death penalty for drug-related offenses if he is elected to the Senate.
"Hindi naman porke't law enforcement ang exposure mo kalimutan mo lahat na ibang aspeto. Ako, yan pinanggalingan ko pero nakukuha naman sa pag-aaral," Lacson said.
(Just because you came from law enforcement doesn't mean you have to forget the rest. I came from the same background too but I was able to adjust by studying.)
Dela Rosa, 56, was recently sworn in as a member of Duterte's PDP-Laban party.He is among the possible senatorial candidates of PDP Laban and Hugpong ng Pagbabago, the regional party of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the President's eldest daughter.
-report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News