ADMIT it or not but I honestly believe that former PNP chief, now retired General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa and former Special Assistant to the President, Secretary Bong Go will get the support of the majority of the police and the military in the coming May 13 national elections for a very simple reason: both are expected to help President Duterte address the needs and boost the morale , welfare and the fighting spirit of the PNP and the AFP which are fighting Enemies from the outside and within.
Known for having the full trust and confidence of the President since his days as Davao City mayor, I expect ‘Bato’ and Bong Go to be voted by soldiers and policemen and their families and friends to Senate if they want fresh faces in the Senate who will be all-out in supporting the needs of the armed services without asking anything in return.
I hope that ‘Bato’ will be the latest graduate of the elite Philippine Military Academy to become a Senator of the Republic after the likes of Senators Pong Biazon, Gringo Honasan and Ping Lacson who have all carved their names in the halls of Senate for their wisdom, dignity and statemanly character.
With all candor, I believe that ‘Bato’ should be voted by all Filipinos to Senate since we need another senator who will help fight the national security threat called illegal drugs thru legislation in the Upper House.
Critics will naturally scoff at his Senate ambition but let’s give it to the man who became the 1st PNP chief to mount a relentless crackdown against illegal drug trafficking and abuse in the country since the start of the Duterte presidency leading to the killing of over 5,000 armed drug personalities in gunbattles with the police to date. Also remember that ‘Bato’s mistah and successor, Gen. Oscar Albayalde was the top official who carried out the plans and programs of dela Rosa from start to finish.
‘Bato’ afterall was merely doing his job but he is also man enough to apologize to the Church, the families of suspects killed in shootouts with the police and the entire public. We should also understand that the former PNP chief put his life and that of his family when he accepted the tough job of battling drug syndicates in the country in order to save the Filipino family. Add to that the possibility that law suits will be filed against him in the future when an ‘unfriendly’ government takes over.
Last Monday, I was present at Camp Crame when Bong Go was the guest of honor and speaker at the PNP flagraising ceremony. Many eyebrows were raised when Go guested at the regular Monday event on the eve of the start of the campaign period but what the heck, Go was there because he is a friend of the police force.
I listened as Go promised the police force that housing and medical care from them will be his priority ‘when the time comes.’ Speaking at the launching of the Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (Youth Against Drugs and Terrorism) or KKDAT campaign, Go said he was also not campaigning as he made it clear it is not proper to campaign inside a police camp.
The event was a ‘brainchild’ of Police-Community Relations Group director, Chief Superintendent Rhodel Sermonia to start a national youth movement to fight the threats posed by illegal drugs and the New People’s Army.
It became a very long program though since the PCRG even presented an audio-video presentation on the threats posed by the Communist Party of the Philippines/National Democratic Front/New People’s Army and even played video of self-exiled CPP founding chairman Jose Ma. Sison enumerating the CPP/NDF/NPA ‘fronts’ in the country which include the League of Filipino Students, Bayan and the Alliance of Concerned Teachers. The AVP also included a short film on the ill effects of drugs on students.
To the uniformed, Bong Go is also the honorary chairman of the Association of Chiefs of Police of the Philippines. He was joined by Gen. Albayalde and retired Gen. Lucas M. Managuelod, the chairman of the Public Safety Savings and Loan Association, Inc. in honoring outstanding police officers last Monday.
“Tulad ninyo wala po akong ibang bisyo kundi magserbisyo, at hindi lang kung anong klaseng serbisyo kundi serbisyong tatak Duterte,” the known basketball enthusiast who can shoot the lights out in the basketball court said in his speech.
“Kung saan man po ako ipagpadpad aking tadhana, patuloy n’yo po akong maging tulay kay Pangulong Duterte. Asahan nyo full support kami sa mga pulis,” he said.
The former top aide of President Duterte made it clear that he was very much against illegal drugs, criminality, terrorism and corruption in government even as he reiterated his confidence in young people as catalysts for change. He stressed he s not using government resources to propel his Senate bid and even asked those who have been plastering the streets with his posters, streamers and tarpaulins to instead donate money that will be used to buy plywood materials needed by fire victims in the country.
Go even joked that he doesn’t’ need to promote or advertise himself since Filipinos stuck in daily traffic will forever remember his last name when they watch for the green or Go’ sign in every intersection. For many officials,t’s ‘Bato, Bato Pick’ or Go Bong Go this coming May 13.