PNP chief asks men to sustain ties with communities

PALO, Leyte -- Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa urged policemen, during his visit at the PNP regional office here on April 12, to continue doing good things to the community.

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

“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,” Dela Rosa said.

“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 PNP chief said his visit to the police regional office is somewhat a farewell visit since he will be retiring next week.

As the police chief, Dela Rosa said 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,” he said.

Dela Rosa added that his successor, Police Director Oscar Albayalde, will continue fighting illegal drugs.

Duterte appointed Dela Rosa as head of the Bureau of Corrections. (PNA)