Criticize Duterte in public? Maybe privately, says Bato
MANILA - Sink or swim, former PNP chief and senatorial hopeful Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa is sticking with President Rodrigo Duterte and his policies all the way.
Speaking to ANC's Headstart, Dela Rosa said he is unfazed by his fluctuating rankings based on several pre-election surveys.
"I've said it before, I may sink or swim with the President or this government. Kung tataob ang gobyerno na ito, tataob din ako. Walang problema. Kung aangat, aangat din ako," he said.
"Gusto ng Pangulo, gusto ko rin. Gusto kong sumuporta sa kaniya."
Dela Rosa said he is qualified to be a senator and said he looks to ex-PNP chief and now Senator Panfilo Lacson as his idol.
Asked if he can criticize the President's decisions if he is elected senator, he said: "In public? Hindi ko siguro kaya. Pero pwede ko siya sabihan in private. Pag something is tingin ko hindi maganda o hindi tama at meron akong mas magandang ideya, puwede ko siyang sabihan in private."
"Hindi ko siya puwedeng i-criticize in public. I can't do that...Pag sa tingin ko may mali, I don't know kung meron ganoong sitwasyon pero kung sa tingin ko may mali, sabihan ko siya privately. 'Sir, baka puwede ganito na lang.'"
He noted that he is willing to criticize government officials who are not doing their jobs and are just adding burden to Filipinos.
Asked if he can criticize the National Food Authority for the rising prices of rice, he said: "Wala muna akong sabihin diyan. Wala ako masasabi."
He also said he would not have called for the resignation of NFA chief Jason Aquino. "Hindi lang naman kagagawan niya iyon eh. Marami naman nangyayari before him. Tsaka wala siyang control mayroon pang isang body na nagco-control sa kanya...the NFA Council. Bakit ko isisisi lahat sa kanya?"
Dela Rosa previously held the rank of Philippine National Police director general. He is currently head of the Bureau of Corrections.
ANC, October 11, 2018