President Rodrigo Duterte has turned down Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa’s offer to resign in light of the controversy over a Korean businessman’s killing because he knew it would be difficult to find a replacement he could trust as much as his fellow Davaoeño.
In a press conference late Sunday (Jan. 29), Duterte said he does not believe Dela Rosa should be held liable for the brutal killing of Korean Jee Ick Joo because his only fault was that the incident happened at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame.
“Actually ganito, he told me nahihiya lang siguro sabi niya, ‘Sir, to protect the image of the police, I’ll offer to sacrifice.’ So that’s a good statement. I appreciate that na para mawala na ‘yung reputasyon namin madali pa sa…Sabi ko, ‘You have committed nothing.’ Iba ‘yung scandal kung ikaw,” the President said of his conversation with Dela Rosa on Saturday (Jan. 28).
Duterte said there is no question about his trust in the PNP chief, having known him from since he was mayor of Davao City and Dela Rosa headed the police force there.
“And also the trust, mahirap ang trust… Sabi nga nila puro taga-Davao, eh wala ako magawa eh ito ‘yung mga dumaan sa akin eh… I mean there might be temptations but I’m sure that they will resist it kasi siguro alam nila that it will destroy the friendship and relationship,” he said.
Calls for Dela Rosa’s resignation emerged in light of the news about the supposed involvement of policemen in Jee’s killing last October. He, however, said he will only quit if Duterte asked him to.
The President said Dela Rosa’s resignation will not do anything good because the rogue policemen will still be in service unless they are apprehended.
“I was just facing the reality that walang magandang maratnan kung papaalisin ko si Bato and more reason for us to do more. And the correct way to do it, if I may say so, is to go after the persons who have perpetrated the crime. Sila ‘yon. Because crime is personal,” he said.