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I now jour­ney on bet­ter armed with the ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time and richly equipped with the ideals of courage, in­tegrity and loy­alty in­stilled in me by this great in­sti­tu­tion," said Dela Rosa, a mem­ber of PMA Si­nag­tala Class of 1986.

The out­go­ing Chief of the PNP was placed into of­fice by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte on July 1, 2016 and will be re­placed by in­com­ing Chief Gen­eral Os­car Al­bay­alde af­ter his of­fi­cial re­tire­ment on April 18, 2018.

"I am thank­ful that here you are, our young cadets ready to be trained and molded into the of­fi­cers who will carry on with the mis­sion to serve God, Coun­try and the peo­ple," the Gen­eral ac­claimed.

Dela Rosa who was with his wife, two daugh­ters, rel­a­tives, his class­mates and other high rang­ing Po­lice of­fi­cials both in the re­tired and ac­tive duty ad­mit­ted hav­ing low points in his ca­reer as Chief PNP but pushed through by ad­her­ing to what the in­sti­tu­tion in­stilled in him.

"I want to tell you that if there was one thing that car­ried me through the rough roads of my jour­ney and help me weather the tremen­dous storm of life in the uni­formed ser­vice, it was my deep ad­her­ence to the honor code," Dela Rosa re­it­er­ated.

Ear­lier, Dela Rosa served as Chief PNP for a year and 9 months bid farewell and re­tire from the po­lice ser­vice on Thurs­day, April 19, ad­dressed the 180,000strong po­lice force for the last time at Camp Crame.

"This ideals I know will carry me on to greater achieve­ments in my life. I now look back happy and ful­filled for hav­ing lived my dream, 'To­too iyan', I re­ally lived my dreams. It was my dream to be­come an of­fi­cer of the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines," Dela Rosa added.

Fol­low­ing his good­byes at Camp Crame and his alma mater he is set to over­see the in­fa­mous New Bili­bid Prison as the next chief of the Bu­reau of Cor­rec­tions.

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