'DI N'YA KO KAILANGANG DIKTAHAN' | Bato denies Duterte micromanaging him
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MANILA, Philppines - Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa denied on Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte was micromanaging him and the 160,000 strong police organization.
"Hindi ako mina-micromanage ng President. Napakalaki ng tiwala sa akin ng President [I'm not being micromanaged by the President. He has a big trust in me]," Dela Rosa said during a the press briefing at the PNP headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
Dela Rosa made the statement apparently in reaction to a report by the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs and Senate Commitee on Justice and Human Rights investigating the death of Rolando Espinosa Sr.
The panel said the death of the Albuera mayor inside a Leyte jail could not have happened if Duerte did not micromanage the PNP and if Dela Rosa's order to relieve from their posts the group of PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Region 8 Police Director Marvin Marcos pushed through.
Last December, Duterte admitted that he had reinstated Marcos on the same day that Dela Rosa supposedly relieved Marcos on October 15, 2016.
Marcos and his group were accused of perjury and murder after the National Bureau of Investigation came out with its report that Espinosa's death was the result of a rubout and not a shootout.
On Monday, Dela Rosa said that while Duterte was a hands-on leader and knew what he did, he still allowed the PNP chief to plan, decide, and carry out PNP operations on his own.
"Hands on leader siya pero alam niya kung ano ang gagawin ko. 'Pag may nagtatanong sa kanya, sinasabi niya na, 'Bahala na si Bato diyan.' O kaya sa akin sinasabi niya na, 'Bahala ka na mag-decide, alam mo na 'yan,'" Dela Rosa said.
The PNP chief added that Duterte no longer needed to dictate to him what he wanted because Dela Rosa already knew what these were.
"I have been working with the President. Alam ko ano 'yong gusto niya, desire niya. Hindi niya ako kailangang diktahan. Nakaprogram na sa utak ko kung ano ang gusto niya," Dela Rosa said.