PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte led Friday the assumption of command of his appointed Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa.
At the change of command ceremony, Duterte administered the oath taking of Dela Rosa. A four-star rank, which is required of a full-fledged head of the police organization, was then conferred on the one-star police general.
Dela Rosa was relieved days before the May 9 polls following his alleged statements posted in his Facebook account favoring Duterte.
"Those who will cheat and will manipulate this May 9 elections, be warned! We will crush you!" Dela Rosa had said, based on his Facebook post.
Duterte and Dela Rosa knew each other since 1986.
Prior to his appointment, Dela Rosa served as executive officer of the Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development.
Dela Rosa said he had never dreamt of becoming a PNP chief but willingly accepted a "God-given" mission to join Duterte in fighting against crimes, criminality, and corruption in the country.
Dela Rosa added that he would ensure that the Filipino people are safe and secured, and have comfortable life.
"I become chief PNP so I'd better give my best shot. I will do my best and I swear, I will not fail you," Dela Rosa said in his inaugural speech.
"If you are with me, then let's do it; but if you are not with me, then you are finished," he added.
Dela Rosa also vowed to eliminate "scalawags" within the ranks of the PNP and warned them that their days are numbered if they will not change.
"I am ready to take on the challenge to lead the PNP. I am ready to start my work for the PNP and nation as a whole," he said. (Sunnex)