Bureau of Corrections director Ronald dela Rosa took his oath Wednesday as a member of the ruling party PartidoDemokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), as he confirmed his intention to run for Senate.
“‘Yun na. Yes,” was Dela Rosa’s reply to reporters when asked if he will seek a Senate post after the oath taking.
Aside from Dela Rosa, Office of Civil Defense deputy administrator for operations NicanorFaeldon and actor Philip Salvador also took their oath before PDP-Laban president Senator Aquilino Pimentel III.
The former Philippine National Police chief admitted that he waited for the go-signal from President Rodrigo Duterte before he made the decision to run for Senate.
“NungsinabiniPresidente two weeks, three weeks ago, saHugpong ng Pagbabago mass oathtaking, sinabiniyadoon, ‘yunanghinintayko. Kasi all the while I was thinking na governor ng Davao del Sur, ‘yunangunangsabiniyaperonagbago, sabiniyasenadorangtakbuhanmo,” he said.
He said he is ready for the challenge ahead and the President did not have a hard time convincing him.
“Hindi naman (nahirapani-convince) I just don’t know ‘yung reason bakit nabago (angdesisyonniPresidente). Ready namanako, anything he says, kung anosunodlangako,” he said.
Dela Rosa said he really wanted to be part of Senate but lack of campaign funds might hinder him.
“Pera, campaign funds, ‘yuntalagaangproblema. Kahitnaubusinko ’yungaking retirement pay sigurokulang pa rin ‘yun. siguradongkulang pa rin ‘yun. Bahalanasi Lord, hindi drug lord ha, si Lord mismo, kung anoangmangyari,” he said.
He said he does not expect the President to help him financially.
“Kilalanamannatinsiya. ‘Yung commitment niya is eendorsekalang, peropagsabihinmonaperapera, huwagka mag-expect ng ganunkasisaansiyakukuha ng pera,” he said.
The retired police official said he wanted to be a senator because he wanted to improve the law enforcement and corrections system.
“Andamikonggustongmabago. E ngayongnasa executive branch ako, we cannot just execute whatever you want to do dahilngalimitadotayosabatasnanagko-cover d’yansaating area so sana may mababagod’yan through pag join ko kung papalarintayo,” he said.
Asked what his pet bill would, Dela Rosa said he would push for the reimposition of death penalty for illegal drug trade and heinous and organized crimes.
“Sa ibangbansa kaya silahindigaanongnahirapandahil mere drug possession, drug using delikadonasakanila, death penalty. Kaya nagingpaboritotayongbagsakan ng mgaibangbansa ng drogaditodahilalamnilangganunkaluwagangatingbatas against drugs. Kung patayagad ‘yantignannatin kung magtatapang-tapangan pa sila maghatid ng droga,” he said.
Dela Rosa also said that he would not persecute resource persons in Senate hearings as he know the feeling of being pinned down.
“Naramdamanko kung gaanokahirapkapagikaw ay winawalang-hiya dyansaSenado kaya kung papalarin man magingsenador tayo, hindiakomangwawalanghiya ng tao, hindikogagawinyan. In aid of legislation yan, hindinamanyanpahirapsatao,” he said.
On his campaign strategy, he said he would just be true to himself.
“Magpakatao ka lang, magpaka totoo ka lang, huwag kang magpaka plastic. Huwag mo angkinin gawin ang hindi mokayang gawin, kung ano ang kaya mo yun ang sabihin mo. Bakit ako makisawsaw sa aspeto ng ekonomiya na hindi ako negosyante, hindi ako economist, bakit ako makisawsaw sa health hindi naman ako duktor. Focus lang ako sa law enforcement and correction,” he said. —GMA News