‘Bato’ welcomes Martial Law extension

December 17, 2018
Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa

Says those from Luzon should not complain.

FORMER Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General and  Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa expressed support for the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao for the third time.

Earlier, the House of Representatives approved President Rodrigo Duterte’s request for another extension until end of 2019.

“I hope that the people from Luzon won’t complain about it because we Mindanaoans are enjoying the safety and security brought about by Martial Law,” Dela Rosa said in a recent statement.

Metro Manila residents earlier reacted to Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao for 60 days on May 23, 2017 following the terrorist attacks in Marawi City. The crisis was declared over by October 23 but Duterte requested a year-long extension citing persistent threats in Mindanao.

Dela Rosa cited the impact of Martial Law on drug pushers, believing that in time, they will be constrained from doing unlawful activities.

Fighting illegal drugs tops Dela Rosa’s advocacies. He said the fight for illegal drugs is for the future of this country and vows to take the battle on drug addiction, common crimes and terrorism from the streets to the Senate and make sure that laws are in place to protect Filipinos from criminal elements.

He has vowed to be firm in running after drug lords who continue to use former prison inmates as their network outside of the New Bilibid Prison.

“Now is the best time to lick the illegal drug problem of this country. This fight is for our children and for the next generation,” he said.