Duterte picks Dela Rosa as next PNP chief

Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte has picked Chief Supt. Ronald dela Rosa as the next Philippine National Police (PNP) director general.

The announcement about Dela Rosa's appointment as the next PNP chief was made Wednesday, May 18, by Christopher "Bong" Go, Duterte's executive assistant, Inquirer.net reported.

Dela Rosa, or "Sir Bato" to close friends and DavaoeƱos, will assume office after June 30 as incumbent PNP Director General Ricardo Marquez is expected to submit his formal resignation on that day.

The next PNP chief will be serving for under a year because he is set to retire in May 2017. However, many believed that Duterte will extend his length of service being one of the mayor's most trusted men.

Who is Police Chief Supt. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa?

Dela Rosa was a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class ’86. He served as director of the DCPO for one year and five months until July 16, 2013.

He was one of the 38 police officers cited by President Benigno Aquino III during the Araw ng Parangal Sa Kapulisan for the arrest of Malaysian terrorist Mohd Noor Fikrie Binabd Hahar and wife Annabel Nieva Lee in Davao City.

DavaoeƱos call him "The Rock" or sometimes, "Vin Diesel," but he is more popularly known as "Bato" not only because of his hard muscles but because he grew up in Barangay Bato in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

Dela Rosa was responsible for reducing by almost 60 percent the circulation of illegal drugs in Davao since he took over DCPO, following Oplan Tukhang (Tuktok-Hangyo).

He spearheaded the creation of ‘habal-habal cops kontra riding in tandem’ which helped supress robbery incidents on the streets of Davao.

Dela Rosa also became part of news headlines in July 2013 after he led a team that rescued businesswoman Sally Chua, who was kidnapped in Quezon City. In the course of the rescue, cops shot dead her three abductors.

Dela Rosa has been in the service for more than 33 years previously assigned as provincial director in Compostela Valley and then Davao del Sur.

Prior to the May 9 national and local polls, the one-star general was relieved as commander of the PNP's Reactionary Standby Support Force RSSF after he posted on Facebook a stern warning against those who would harass voters and cheat during the elections.

Just like the incoming president, Dela Rosa vowed to suppress criminality and illegal drugs.