Davao City police chief bids farewell-A A +A
Saturday, October 26, 2013
DAVAO City is bidding goodbye to its most popular and jovial but tough police chief ever.
“I leave with a heavy heart but I shall return,” outgoing Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief Senior Superintendent Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said during the turnover ceremony Friday.
After almost two years at the helm, dela Rosa took pride in his accomplishments as the DCPO chief and fulfilling his “dream”.
Dela Rosa, during his speech, reviewed and evaluated his B-A-T-O objective when he assumed post on February 1, 2011:
B - Balaod ipatuman;
A - Aksyunan ang kinahanglan aksyunan;
T - Tudluan ug leksyon ang mga kriminal or ang shortcut nito ay Tudasun ang mga kriminal, and;
O - Ondangon ang krimen.
He said holding DCPO chief post is the most challenging job he has ever handled as he has to “live up with the high expectations of the people”.
However, after all, he said: “I love my job, the most challenging job in the world.”
Dela Rosa said the only challenge he could give to his successor Senior Superintendent Vicente Danao Jr., is to continue his advocacy against the proliferation of illegal drugs in Davao City.
He said he hopes Danao will strengthen the Oplan TokHang (Toktok Hangyo), PakGang (Pitulon ang Kabatan-unan sa gang), TapHang (Tapok Hangyo), his brainchild.
Danao, on the other hand, assured that he will continue on what has been started by dela Rosa especially his all-out campaign against drugs and all forms of criminality.
“To lawless elements, especially to drug pushers, holduppers, kidnappers, the carnappers and the perpetrators of heinous crimes, be reminded that the full arm of the law will be watching you and fighting out with our police force would mean paying a high price and might even cost your life,” Danao said.
He also issued a stern warning to erring members of the DCPO to “go back to the basics and shape up for work.”
“Gusto kong ipaalam sa inyo na mula sa araw na ito ay agad po nating ipapatupad ang Oplan Litis. Linisin ang mga Tamad, Tiwali at Iskalawag na miyembro n gating kapulisan. Huwag niyo pong hintayin na kayo pa ang gawing sampol dahil pag hindi kayo nagbago ay may kalalagyan din kayo,” he said.
Danao added: “As law enforcers, we should always respect the rights of others and be the exemplars of how a law-abiding citizen should be.”
Danao also vowed to increase police visibility and prevent crimes by “not resorting to shortcuts.”
When asked to rate dela Rosa with 10 as the highest, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte yesterday gave him 9.99.
“Conservative kasi ako so yun lang ang mabibigay ko,” Duterte said in an interview with reporters after the ceremony.
On the other hand, Chief Superintendent Wency T. Pascual, PRO Davao director, gave dela Rosa a perfect score of 10, describing him as a “well-rounded officer”.
“His commitment to serve Davao City is note worthy in solving insurgency, criminality and terrorism,” Pascual said.
He said he has high hopes for Danao as the next DCPO chief to maintain the peace and order in the city.
“Both the outgoing and incoming officers are efficient and dedicated. They have proven their worth not only in their present and their past assignments,” Pascual said. (ANC)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 27, 2013.