Bato open to running for senator, joining Rody Cabinet after retirement

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  • PNP chief open to continuing his public service after retirement
  • He is open to running for senator in 2022
  • He also said he would accept a Cabinet post from Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – As far as PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is concerned, there’s no closed door when it comes to public service.

Revealing a desired to continue walking in the shoes of public servant after his retirement, the head of the country’s 160,000-strong police said he is open to either running for senator in 2022.

“Hindi po ako plastic na tao. Ako ay gusto na maging senador din ako [I’m not a two-faced person. I also want to be a senator],” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

“Hindi ko sinabi agad directly na ako ay tatakbo. Ang akin lang, kung makakatulong ako sa bayan sa pamamaraan ng pagiging senador, why not?” he added.

[I’m not saying directly that I would run. For me, if I can help the country through becoming a senator, why not?]

Aside from becoming a lawmaker, Dela Rosa — who is set to retire in January 21, 2018 — said he can also accept a Cabinet post from Duterte if he is offered one.

“Kung kinakailangan pa niya ang serbisyo ko, andiyan naman ako [If he still needs my service, I’m still here]. I’m still very healthy,” he said.

For now, however, Dela Rosa stressed he will continue working hard to cleanse the police force and help in the government’s anti-crime drive.

“Hindi ako ‘trying hard’. Hindi ako nagpapa-impress. Hindi ako nagpapapogi. Ang akin lang, kapag nakita kong dapat trabahuhin, eh trabahuhin ko,” he said.

[I’m not a ‘trying hard’ person. I’m not trying to look impressive. I’m not trying to make myself look food. For me, if I see something that needs work, then I’ll work on it.]