“The Rock” may run in 2022 Philippine presidential elections

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Philippine police director-general Ronald dela Rosa, “Bato” (Rock), who retires in 2018, hinted at his political ambitions at a speech to his forces on October 30, saying he was open to enter politics through the Senate and may also have his sights set on higher political goals.

 “Wait for Bato to become president and I will quadruple your salaries,” Dela Rosa said.

“If you would ask me, it would be more than what the President had said. The President said he would double the salary, I will tell the retirees that if Bato had his way, I will triple it,” he added said.

“Wait until Bato becomes president, your salary would be quadrupled,” he continued and denied rumours he would leave retirees out of planned salary increases.

Upcoming elections in the Philippines are for the Senate in 2019 and for the president in 2022. Dela Rosa is among those touted by Filipino media as incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte’s possible successor in 2022, along with world boxing champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao and the son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Director-general Dela Rosa has acted as the enforcer for Duterte’s war on drugs, which had led to more than 3,900 people killed in 16 months. The campaign has sparked outrage abroad, but domestic polls have shown crime-weary Filipinos are largely supportive of the measure.

Duterte ordered the police this month to halt activities in the war on drugs and leave all operations to the drug enforcement agency, amid unprecedented scrutiny of police conduct. But police reject allegations by activists they are executing suspected drug users and dealers, saying victims in their anti-narcotics operations were killed because they were armed and had violently resisted arrest.

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Philippine police director-general Ronald dela Rosa, “Bato” (Rock), who retires in 2018, hinted at his political ambitions at a speech to his forces on October 30, saying he was open to enter politics through the Senate and may also have his sights set on higher political goals.

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Philippine police director-general Ronald dela Rosa, “Bato” (Rock), who retires in 2018, hinted at his political ambitions at a speech to his forces on October 30, saying he was open to enter politics through the Senate and may also have his sights set on higher political goals.

 “Wait for Bato to become president and I will quadruple your salaries,” Dela Rosa said.

“If you would ask me, it would be more than what the President had said. The President said he would double the salary, I will tell the retirees that if Bato had his way, I will triple it,” he added said.

“Wait until Bato becomes president, your salary would be quadrupled,” he continued and denied rumours he would leave retirees out of planned salary increases.

Upcoming elections in the Philippines are for the Senate in 2019 and for the president in 2022. Dela Rosa is among those touted by Filipino media as incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte’s possible successor in 2022, along with world boxing champion and Senator Manny Pacquiao and the son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Director-general Dela Rosa has acted as the enforcer for Duterte’s war on drugs, which had led to more than 3,900 people killed in 16 months. The campaign has sparked outrage abroad, but domestic polls have shown crime-weary Filipinos are largely supportive of the measure.

Duterte ordered the police this month to halt activities in the war on drugs and leave all operations to the drug enforcement agency, amid unprecedented scrutiny of police conduct. But police reject allegations by activists they are executing suspected drug users and dealers, saying victims in their anti-narcotics operations were killed because they were armed and had violently resisted arrest.

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