Senator Bato dela Rosa revealed the events leading to his decision to run for president in the 2022 elections.
“Tinawagan ako 3 in the afternoon na pumunta sa Sofitel para mag-file ng COC. So sabi ko ‘Bakit?’” the senator and former Philippine National Police chief said.
(I received a call at three in the afternoon. I was asked to go to Sofitel to file COC. I asked why.)
“Sabi sa akin ng liderato ng PDP-Laban (faction) na si Secretary Cusi: ‘Wala na tayong ibang makitang puwedeng magpapatuloy sa legacy ni President Duterte kundi ikaw.
‘Yong laban natin sa droga, criminality, corruption, insurgency, Lahat-lahat ikaw ang magpapatuloy.'” he added.
(The leadership of the PDP-Laban (faction) Secretary Cusi told me: ‘We see no one else who can continue the legacy of President Duterte but you. Our fight against drugs, crime, corruption, insurgency, you will all continue.)
Bato dela Rosa will be the running mate of Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, who will run for vice president.
“I am fielded by my political party, the PDP-Laban, for reasons that wala na silang ibang nakita na magpapatuloy sa legacy ng ating Pangulong Duterte, iyong ating laban sa droga, kriminalidad, korapsyon at terorismo, at ang pagpatuloy sa pagbangon ng ating ekonomiya amidst the pandemic,” Dela Rosa said after he filed his candidacy on Friday, on the last day of candidacy filing.
Bato dela Rosa to continue Duterte’s legacy
Dela Rosa, the former PNP chief, led Duterte’s war on drugs when he was installed in 2016.
The International Criminal Court is currently reviewing murder incidents related to the war on drugs.
When asked if Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio can replace him as president, he replied:”Eh di mas maganda (it is better). This is a party decision, not a personal decision.”
Duterte-Carpio filed his candidacy for the reelection of Davao mayor.
Bato Dela Rosa is 5th with the highest number of votes in the 2019 senatorial elections.
Until November 15, candidate substitution is allowed.