Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Thursday said he is not closing the door on running for senator in the 2019 midterm elections.
“Hindi po ako plastic na tao. Sino bang hindi gustong maging senador? Pero hindi ko sinasabi agad directly na ako’y tatakbo. 'Yung akin lang, maganda 'po yan, makakatulong pa ako sa bayan. Why not?” dela Rosa said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo.
He said he has no plans yet regarding it but he is open to the idea.
“You have to leave options open. 'Pag sinabi kong open ako, open for giba na naman ako. Lalo na 'yung mga gustong tumakbong senador, hahanap ng paraan yan, gigibain ako,” he said.
When asked if he will try to improve his performance ahead of the 2019 elections, Dela Rosa said he's not trying to please anyone.
"I’m not trying hard, hindi ako nagpapa-impress. Hindi ako nagpapa-pogi. Ang akin lang, pag nakita kong dapat trabahuhin, trabahuhin ko. Pag nagustuhan ng tao eh 'di maganda," he said.
As for his plans after retiring on January 21, 2018, he said he will go home to Bato, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur and go fishing.
De la Rosa also said he is open on being appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte in his Cabinet.
“Depende kay Presidente Duterte kung may balak siyang gamitin pa ako. Kung kinakailangan pa niya serbisiyo ko, nandyan pa naman ako eh. I’m very healthy to answer,” he said.
“Bahala na siya kung saan niya ako gusto ilagay pero hindi ako magde-demand.”