Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Thursday admitted he wants to become a senator one day, but said he was unsure about running in 2019.
“Hindi po ako plastic na tao, ako ay gusto maging senador din ako pero hindi ko sinabi agad directly na ako ay tatakbo. Ang akin lang makatulong ako sa bayan sa pamamaraan ng pagiging senador e why not,” he said in a radio interview
“Klaruhin ko wala akong plano, maganda maging senador pero wala akong plano dahil alam mo na,” he added.
Dela Rosa initially did not want to say he was open to running, saying it would just make him an open target of his detractors.
“Wala akong pera panggastos... Kapag sinabi kong open ako, open for giba na naman ako. Gigibain na naman ako ng mga detractors na iyan lalo na ‘yung mga gustong tumakbong senador. Hahanap ng paraan iyan, gigibain ako,” he said.
He cited the case of former Vice President Jejomar Binay, an early frontrunner during the May 2016 presidential polls,and then-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, a late entrant to the race where he eventually emerged victorious.
“Tignan mo sino ang mas nagiba, si Binay o si Duterte? ‘Yung huli nagdeclare wala na naghahabol na sila,” Dela Rosa said.
He added that he is not closing his door on the idea of running.
“Hindi sarado, mahirap naman isara mo yung utak mo patungkol diyan. You have to keep your options open,” he said.
Told that he should watch his performance if he really wants to seek the post, Dela Rosa said: “Ako I’m not trying hard. Hindi ako nagpapa-impress, hindi ako nagpapapogi. Ang akin lang e pag nakita kong dapat trabahuhin e trabahuhin ko. Bahala na kung nagustuhan ng tao na maganda.”
He said when he retires in January 2018, he plans to return to his hometown.
“Uuwi doon sa amin sa Bato, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur at mamimingwit ng isda sa tabing dagat,” he said.
Asked if he wants to be appointed to other post, the PNP chief said he will let Duterte decide.
“Depende kay Presidente kung may balak siyang gamitin pa ako. Kung kinakailangan pa niya ang serbisyo ko, kung kinakailangan pa niya e andyan naman ako. I’m still very healthy,” he said.
He said he has no preference as to the position.
“Kung saan nakikita ni Presidente na epektibo ako bahala na siya kung saan niya ako ilagay pero hindi ako magdedemand o mag sisignify ng gusto,” he said. —JST, GMA News