During the senate probe of Rolando Espinosa slay on Wednesday, November 23, Senator Panfilo 'Ping' Lacson praised Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald 'Bato' Dela Rosa for his good performance in the fight against illegal drugs.

In his opening statement, Lacson narrated his first meeting with Dela Rosa.

He said Dela Rosa told him that officials in Crame are literally laughing at the payolas from illegal gambling because the payola they received in illegal drugs is bigger.

What stuck me in that conversation is his concern in some very discouraging if not frustrating developments that involve the Philippine National Police.

Hindi ko makalimutan yung sinabi nya sa 'kin ng gabing yon. In  an agonizing voice he said, "Sir grabe na talaga yung nangyayari sa Crame. Ang bulong-bulungan hindi na talaga nililihim. Ang usap-usapan na 'ron, pinagtatawanan na lamang yung take o yung payola sa IG (illegal gambling). Dahil mas malaki raw ang nakukuha sa ID (illegal drugs)"
He also believes that President Rodrigo Duterte's victory during the elections and the appointment of Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa as the PNP Chief Director General is a blessing for the Filipino people.

And now.. I would like to think and I believe na blessing na rin pala ang pagkapanalo ni Pangulong Duterte sa bansa at sa mamamayang Piipino. Blessing na rin sa ating lahat, sa ating mga anak sa mga kabataan ang pagkatalaga kay Chief PNP Dela Rosa na maging Chief PNP. Kasi napabayaan po talaga overtime itong problema natin sa illegal drugs ngayon lang talaga napagtuunan ng pansin at talagang pinagtuunan ng pansin.

...I would like to state again for the record, Mabuti narin pala at nanalo si Pangulong Duterte at nandyaan na rin si Chief PNP Dela Rosa.

Below is Sen. Lacson's opening statement for your reference. Please watch.


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