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‘Bato’ for next president? Why not?

  • Written by Itchie Cabayan
  • Published in Opinion
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Special greetings to the friendly staff of the Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) New MIA branch at the NAIA Terminal 1, led by their branch manager Ron Peralver, Unipro senior representative Rica Cruz, senior service associate Zobie Reyes and Unipro service staff Erwin Francisco. Airport employees laud them for staying amiable at all times even when there is a surge of clients or passengers that they have to attend to at one given time and in the face of not too kind foreign clients.

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The recent joint inquiry conducted by the Senate committees on justice and human rights and public order into the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions of drug suspects in various parts of the country became a revelation of sorts for Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.
   
At hindsight, he is so unlike his predecessors and other generals we know. Normally, we expect our PNP chief to be formal -- short of being stiff -- in their actions and words, especially if facing lawmakers during inquiries. 
   
Dela Rosa is far from those. Many of his ways are unorthodox although in a positive way. His choice of words and transparency are such that, coupled with his signature Visayan accent, they make him look cute, some sort of a cuddly-dudley guy. One particular occasion was when he boasted how much the media loves him.
   
I was able to watch bits and portions of the inquiry done on two consecutive days and saw for myself how Dela Rosa succeeded in making lawmakers spare him from ugly grilling and how, to my surprise, Dela Rosa was able to parry all the questions, no matter how difficult, with such ease.
   
Easily too, one can see that Dela Rosa is the ‘what-you-see-is-what-you-get’ type of person. He was sincere with his answers and managed to address all issues effectively.
   
His very stressful and colorful description of how much he hates illegal drugs, their users and sellers and specially those in uniform involved in it was full of sincerity. How he emphatically described to Senator Bam Aquino what he would want to do with law enforcers who betray their oath of office, without stating it straight because it would be ‘ugly,’ was clearly from the heart. 
   
Ditto with his seeming exasperation in voicing out his and the sentiments of his colleagues and the PNP in its entirety, in the face of accusations that those being killed in drug operations were summarily executed.         
   
The rush of emotions, pain specially,  can be felt when he emphasized that they are not ‘butchers’ and how dismayed the police are that their anti-drug efforts are being undermined by accusations of human rights violations.
   
All these messages he was able to deliver while maintaining the highest esteem for any lawmaker he was addressing. And even if he was already that serious, he was still sort of funny and cute while maintaining the degree of respectability his post deserves.
   
Why even the tough-talking Senator Antonio Trillanes, in a talk show interview, had admitted that Dela Rosa did exude a ‘positive aura’.
   
If Dela Rosa will be able to maintain his style- tough image coupled with approachability and humility -- qualities which have endeared him to the masses these days, being the country’s next president may not be a remote possibility. Dela Rosa for 2022? Why not? 

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