Bato asks men to sus­tain ties with com­mu­ni­ties

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PALO, Leyte -- Out­go­ing Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) Chief Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ron­ald “Bato” de la Rosa urged po­lice­men to con­tinue do­ing good things to the com­mu­nity in his brief visit at the PNP re­gional of­fice here Thurs­day night.

De la Rosa said that since the PNP im­ple­mented the war on drugs of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, the coun­try be­came more peace­ful and se­cured.

The sac­ri­fices of po­lice­men in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of war on drugs had cost them a lot with po­lice­men who died and some were wounded, while oth­ers face charges.

“Right now we are start­ing to reap the fruit, the joy of our un­der­tak­ing. Even with­out me, please con­tinue do­ing good things to the com­mu­nity, I will no longer be around but my re­quest to you is con­tinue your good deeds and show that we de­serve the re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion of the peo­ple,” De la Rosa told po­lice­men.

“I am very happy for what you have done to the PNP and for the coun­try. Love your pro­fes­sion, many will ben­e­fit from it not only us, but in­clud­ing the com­mu­nity,” he added.

The high­est PNP of­fi­cial said his visit to the PNP re­gional of­fice is some­what a farewell visit since he will be re­tir­ing next week.

As the po­lice chief, De la Rosa said that his great­est achieve­ment was to bring PNP closer to the peo­ple through hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to duty.

“I was able to in­spire my men to work hard and de­velop the trust and con­fi­dence of the peo­ple,” he said.

How­ever, he also felt bad when­ever the PNP is crit­i­cized for im­ple­ment­ing the war on drugs of the Pres­i­dent. “Th­ese crit­i­cisms come from po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion of the Pres­i­dent and me­dia who are bias, but if you will ask or­di­nary cit­i­zens, ma­jor­ity of them are happy with what we are do­ing.”

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