Rogue cops warned: ‘Bato’ waiting in Bilibid
“BATO” is waiting for you in Bilibid.
President Rodrigo Duterte issued this stern warning to rogue police officers yesterday during the retirement ceremony for Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Duterte had earlier said Dela Rosa would be the next chief of the Bureau of Corrections, which is in charge of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).
“Kayong mga pulis na nasa droga, nasa kidnap for ransom, at kung anu-anong krimen, pagdating niyo sa Bilibid, ang makakasalubong ninyo, si Gen. Dela Rosa,” the President said in his speech.
Duterte also renewed his pledge to the police that he will take care of them and will not allow anyone to be jailed as long as they stick loyal to the performance of their duties.
As we bid farewell to General Dela Rosa, I enjoin the entire police force to stand behind -- he is a good choice, I assure you -- the new PNP Chief, Director Oscar Albayalde. I am confident that through his leadership, we can further build [on] our gains and create a more peaceful, just and [harmonious]... harmonious rather society,” Duterte said.
Earlier, the President said he picked Albayalde being the right choice owing to his being strict and a disciplinarian which several authorities had disliked.
Dela Rosa officially retired and relinquished his post to Albayalde after taking over the helm of the 190,000-strong police force for almost two years.
President Duterte presided over the change of command ceremony held in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
Duterte conferred the Medalya ng Katapatan sa Paglilingkod and Philippine Legion of Honor on Dela Rosa. Albayalde later was teary eyed when he got his fourth star.
Dela Rosa and Albayalde both belong to the Philippine Military Academy “Sinagtala” Class of 1986. Dela Rosa was supposed to retire on January 21 when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 56 but the President had extended his term for 3 months until April 21.
Albayalde, who is a native of San Fernando City, Pampanga, graduated as cum laude of PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986. He started his career in public service when he joined the Philippine Constabulary Special Action Force on June 23, 1986.
He was appointed as the director of the National Capital Region Police Office on July 1, 2016.
Before assuming the top PNP post, Albayalde, as director of NCRPO served with distinction where he initiated aggressive police operations against criminality and illegal drugs since July 2016.
Upon his assumption as Chief PNP, Albayalde made known his flagship program of organizational discipline and internal cleansing to gain the trust and respect of the people.
He said the thrusts of the PNP under his watch shall be the scaled-up thrusts of the NCRPO, focusing on discipline, reform, internal cleansing, intensified campaign against criminality and illegal drugs, crime prevention and suppression and strengthened public engagement.
To dramatize his internal reform agenda, he said “we shall impose and breathe discipline 24/7and implement reforms in all levels on the PNP.”
As an initial step to instill discipline among PNP members, he ordered all police recruits and newly commissioned police officers to undergo rigid mandatory training with the PNP Special Action Force before they are deployed to different units.
“Ipapatupad natin ang mga pagsasanay na tututok sa paghubog ng disiplina sa bawat pulis,” he said in his inaugural address.
Citing the gains of the national anti-illegal drugs campaign launched by the PNP under his predecessor, Albayalde vowed to “carry on the programs of the previous PNP leadership particularly Oplan Double Barrel, because continuity is important to maintain the momentum of our accomplishments and gains.”
“To the President, Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Sir, I am truly humbled by your trust and faith in me. On this new task that you have entrusted me, I commit that under my watch, the PNP will work side by side with you to help fulfill your promise of genuine change for the Filipino people, and of a more disciplined and better police force. I stand before you today as a willing and able enforcer of discipline and reform in the PNP. This is my commitment to you Mr. President and to the Filipino people,” he said.