BUREAU of Corrections (BuCor) Director Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has admitted he is inclined to joining politics.
In a chance interview at the Senate, Dela Rosa said he is 50% convinced about running for a position next elections.
“Nakaka-engganyo rin eh, tao lang tayo, tao ka lang naman, that’s normal na human instinct na matutuwa ka na merong tao o grupo ng mga tao na gustong patakbuhin ka. So ibig sabihin meron ka pang pwedeng ma-contribute,” said Dela Rosa.
The former Philippine Natiinal Police (PNP) chief added that his interest in joining politics was somehow influenced by unknown supporters, particularly those who put up the huge tarpaulin on EDSA egging him to seek public office.
But Dela Rosa stressed that the biggest encouragement to finally join the race will come from President Rodrigo Duterte.
“I am open to everything. I am open, sabihin ni Presidente na wag ka sa Senate, dun ka sa Davao Sur na mag-governor so dun ako, sabihin niya na wag ka tumakbo sa pulitika magtrabaho ka muna sa BuCor then tuloy tuloy ako kahit sa’n,” he said.
In case he ends up in the Senate, Dela Rosa wants to pass laws involving safety and security, including the reimposition of death penalty for illegal drug offenders, national ID system as well as doing away with prepaid cellphone use.
“Isang taon nang tinatanong sa akin eh, dapat prepared ka nang sumagot baka naman sabihin nila (na)paka-bobo nitong, si Bato walang alam na gagawin sa Senado kung maging senador,” said Dela Rosa when asked why he already has plans if he becomes a lawmaker.
The government official further said that his family does not want him to join politics, but his final decision would still depend on the order of the President.
“Malaki utang na loob ko sa kanya (Pangulong Duterte), there’s no Bato without Digong,” he said.