Alvarez backtracks: Give ‘Bato’ a chance

Alvarez backtracks: Give ‘Bato’ a chance

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President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa during the latter's birthday celebration at Camp Crame on January 22, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

MANILA, January 23, 2017 (PNA) — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez is backtracking on his call for Philippine National Police Chief (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to resign amid the controversial kidnap-slay of a South Korean businessman.

In a radio interview today, Alvarez said dela Rosa should devote his undivided attention to the task of eliminating the scalawags in the police force.

Alvarez made the statement after President Rodrigo Duterte said there is no need for dela Rosa to resign and that the PNP chief still enjoys his full trust and confidence.

“I have said my piece and I would have to agree with those who have suggested to give the Chief PNP a chance to fix the problems that the PNP is currently facing right now,” Alvarez said.

The House Speaker had earlier urged dela Rosa to leave his post following reports that the South Korean victim, Ick-Joo Jee, was killed “under his nose” inside the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame.

Alvarez said dela Rosa’s resignation is necessary so as to spare President Duterte from further embarrassment.

Alvarez, who attended the 55th birthday celebration of dela Rosa in Camp Crame on Sunday along with the President, clarified that his call for the embattled PNP chief’s resignation was not personal.

He also said he respects Duterte’s decision.

“I would just like to clarify that there is a separation between our friendship and work. I was invited by General Bato in his birthday party, so I went there as his friend,” Alvarez said.

The Speaker said the Lower House is not likely to probe the killing of the South Korean since the Senate is already poised to conduct such a probe on the strength of a resolution filed by Senator Panfilo Lacson.

Alvarez gave assurance that the House of Representatives is ready to help in case the PNP would need legislative action to institute needed reforms in the country’s police organization. (PNA)




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