MANILA - Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald Dela Rosa on Thursday said he will push for reforms in the Philippine National Police and the restoration of death penalty if he is elected senator next year.
Dela Rosa, formerly the PNP chief, was in the 11-17 range in the September Pulse Asia survey on voter preferences for the 12 Senate seats up for grabs.
One of the difficulties he noted while serving as police director was that even when they want to professionalize within their ranks by recommending officers to top local positions "by merit," politicians would rather appoint their own bets.
"Nasa batas 'yan, na ang final na magpili ng chief of police ay 'yung local chief executive, 'yung governor or 'yung mayor. Gusto kong baguhin 'yun, para matanggal 'yun," he told ANC's Headstart.
(It's in the law that the local chief executive, the governor or the mayor, would appoint the chief of police. I want to change that, to remove that.)
"Bahala na kung magalit sa akin 'yung mga politiko sa baba. Bahala na kung magalit sila. Basta kailangang ipaglaban ko 'yung institusyon na pinanggalingan ko na matagal nang kinawawa ng batas na 'yan. Hirap na hirap ang PNP," he said.
(I don't care if the politicians would be mad at me. I don't care if they would get mad, but I want to fight for the institution that I came from which has been suffering because of that. The PNP really had a difficult time with that.)
Dela Rosa said he would submit his certificate of candidacy on Friday.
He was included in the PDP-Laban senatorial slate as revealed by re-electionist Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimintel III.