Bato to back Leni if she runs for president in 2022, but…

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  • PNP chief aired support for VP if she’ll aim for top post in 2022
  • He however said she should support Duterte’s plans for now, let him finish his term
  • He also said PNP ready to confront any destabilization plot against president

MANILA, Philippines – She will have his support should she decide to run for president in 2022.

For now, however, PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is urging Vice President Leni Robredo to focus on helping President Rodrigo Duterte with his projects as well as let him finish his term.

“Sana tulungan n’ya ang Presidente. She will have her time,” ABS-CBN quoted him as saying. “Pagkatapos nito, kung gusto niyang maging presidente, suportahan natin siya basta patapusin muna itong buong administration ni President Duterte para naman matapos ang plano ni Presidente.”

[I hope she would help the President. She will have her time. After this, if she wants to be president, we will support her as long as President Duterte is left free to finish his term and accomplish his plans.]

Robredo has previously stressed she’s not interested in seeking the country’s highest post. She is also a leading figure of the opposition.

Reacting to reports of destabilization plots allegedly being planned by foes of the administration, Dela Rosa said any moves against Duterte would fail owing to his popularity and the readiness of the police.

“Eighty percent of Filipinos still support the President so kahit anong gawin nila, mamatay sila, mangisay sila kakasigaw ng anong galit sa administration, I don’t think kakayanin nila but then again, we are ready. Nandiyan ‘yung ating PNP. We are ready to act whatever happens,” he said.

[Eighty percent of Filipinos still support the President so whatever they do, they can die, they can keel over from shouting whatever gripes they have against the administration, I don’t think they can pull it off but then again we are ready. The PNP is there. We are ready to act whatever happens.]