PNP chief napaiyak sa Mamasapano
Philippine National Police Chief Ronald ''Bato'' Dela Rosa vowed that there would be no incident similar to the bloody Mamasapano massacre under his watch.
Dela Rosa said that he became emotional as he remembered the testimonies of Special Action Force (SAF) troopers involved in the botched operations in Mamasapano, Maguindanao that left 44 elite policemen dead in 2015. Dela Rosa was part of the auditing team of the PNP's Board of Inquiry which investigated the incident.
"Alam ko yung hardship na pinagdaanan nila. I was part of the board of inquiry. Lahat ng mga survivors, isa isa ko nakausap. In fact, nagiyakan kami, 'di namin napigilan luha namin when they were narrating yung paghihirap nila. To be frank, nag-iyakan kami," Dela Rosa said. Dela Rosa said that he once dreamed of joining the elite unit but was assigned instead to Region 11 after graduating from the Philippine Military Academy.
Dela Rosa, however, said it was perhaps his destiny to return to Davao City so he could meet then-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte would later tap him to become the PNP chief.
Dela Rosa promised the PNP-SAF that there won't be any "major blunders" under his watch. "They are our heroes. They are modern day heroes. Masyadong naghirap ang mga taong ito ang unit na ito marami silang pinagdaanan, dapat parangalan sila,'' he said.
''Hindi mo rin ma-assure na 'di mauulit habang nasa serbisyo kami, anything can happen. Pero yung major decisions that would lead to major blunders, under my watch, piliitin ko na di mangyayari iyan."