“Bato” Dela Rosa on P50-M bounty and corrupt upperclassmen: Nobody can intimidate me

  • Incoming PNP chief aired his thoughts on the alleged P50-M bounty on his head and corrupt PMA upperclassmen
  • He said neither drug lords or his own upperclassmen could make him back down
  • He also said he has already prepared a plan to take down the “bigger fish”

MANILA, Philippines – For the man set to become President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, neither the underworld nor upperclassmen can scare him from accomplishing his goal.

In an interview with ABS-CBN, Chief Supt. Rocky “Bato” Dela Rosa said he won’t be intimidated by the P50 million bounty placed on his and Duterte’s head by drug lords fearing his planned anti-crime drive.

“Bring it on, really. Bring it on. O, mas malaki, [It’s bigger now], 50 million,” he said. “Okay, you come. Bring it on anytime, anytime of the day, any place. Bring it on.”

Dela Rosa also said he won’t be cowed by his upperclassmen at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) who might be holding a grudge against him — either because they were bypassed for the PNP’s top post or are involved in illegal drugs themselves.

Pagdating naman sa bagay na ganyan, nobody can intimidate me—kahit nga pa si George Bush, o si Clinton, o si Barack Obama [Even George Bush, or Bill Clinton, or Barack Obama], they cannot intimidate me pagdating sa law enforcement,” he said, when asked about his upperclassmen who be might protecting drug lords.

According to Dela Rosa, he has already in fact prepared a “double-barrel” approach in dealing with the country’s top drug lords.

Iba ‘yung approach dito sa taas, iba ‘yung sa ilalim [The approach for the top is different from the approach for the bottom]. So [it has to be a] double-barrel approach,” he said.