Dela Rosa: I’ve never crafted laws but I’ve implemented countless

Pia Ranada
Former police chief Ronald dela Rosa says his wealth of experience implementing laws will make up for his lack of legislative experience

ENERGIZING THE CROWD. Senatorial bet Ronald dela Rosa works up the crowd during a campaign sortie in Pampanga. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Former police chief Ronald dela Rosa again addressed his lack of experience in legislation during his campaign speech in Malabon City with the rest of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago candidates.

The architect of the infamous “Oplan TokHang” said he may not have crafted any law, yet he has implemented countless laws and it’s this experience he will bring with him to the Senate if he wins in May.

Marami pang legislation na ginawa itong si Senator Estrada pero si Bato, zero pa, wala pa. Pero ito ang tandaan ninyo, hindi ko na mabilang kung ilan ang mga batas na aking na implementa sa aking 33 years na pagiging alagad ng batas,” said Dela Rosa on Tuesday, February 26.

(Senator Estrada has done much legislation while Bato has done zero, none yet. But remember this, I cannot count how many laws I’ve implemented in my 33 years being an enforcer of the law.)

Duterte’s first police chief  also said he had put his life on the line when implementing laws.

Sa pag-implementa ko ng mga batas na ito, palagi kong sinusugal ang aking buhay. Hindi lang buhay ko pati buhay ng aking pamilya na palaging under threat dahil sa mga nasagasaan nating mga sindikato,” he said.

(As I implemented these laws, I always risked my life. Not only my life but the lives of my family who are always under threat because of the syndicates I clash with.)

The newbie senatorial bet says it’s precisely his kind of experience that will inform future laws he would help craft, especially laws related to peace and order.

Doon ko ipagpatuloy, sa paggawa ng batas, kung saan lalo nating palalakasin ang ating law enforcement community para masawata itong problema ng iligal na droga at tuluyan na nating makamit ang drug-free Philippines,” said Dela Rosa.

(That’s where I will continue this, in making laws, where we will strengthen the law enforcement community so we can end this problem of illegal drugs and we can attain a drug-free Philippines.)

Dela Rosa, who served as Bureau of Corrections chief after his time heading the Philippine National Police, is among the few new faces in the Senate race who have broken into the Magic 12 in recent senatorial surveys. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.