EXUDING confidence that he did nothing illegal when he and his family went on an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas courtesy of Senator Manny Pacquiao last week, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa yesterday said he will respect the Ombudsman decision to investigate him for alleged violation of the code of conduct and ethical standards of public employees.
“I repeat, trabaho nila (Ombudsman) yan so let them do their job. I know that the truth will come out if there will be a fair interpretation of the law,” the PNP chief told newsmen at Camp Crame.
Even his ex-boss, former PNP chief-turned Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ M. Lacson said it is possible that there was no conflict of interest when dela Rosa accepted a free trip to Las Vegas to have a ringside view of Sen. Pacquiao pummeling American boxer Jessie Vargas last week.
The PNP chief said he is ready to be jailed for not using Filipino taxpayers’ money and preferring to accept an invitation by the senator.
“Sige lang imbestigahan ako. Makulong ako dahil sa imbitasyon,” the sharpshooting nemesis of criminals said. “Kung nagkamali ako, I’m ready to go to jail. What’s important is I’m honest and transparent, and I had quality time with my family in the U.S. for free,” he said.
De la Rosa said that he also doesn’t want to think of the charges against him as politically-motivated. “Kung me insinuations man na ganoon, hindi yun pumapasok sa utak ko at hindi naman ako pulitiko,” he declared.
Gen. de la Rosa—who went on official leave last week to watch the Las Vegas bout maintained what was important was he did not use government money in his U.S. trip.