5 Things to Know About Our PNP Chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa

You may remember the newly inducted Philippine National Police Chief, Director General Ronald Dela Rosa as the guy who is spreading good vibes online.

Dela Rosa shaking head

This video clip/GIF captured by News5 was the highlight during  the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte. 

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And, the latest good vibes sent by Dela Rosa was recreating his baby photo! LOL (Photo credit: Online Trend Facebook Page)

But of course, there is so much more to Director General Dela Rosa than that! So I present to you 5 quick facts about the 21st Chief of the Philippine National Police.

5. He is called  “The Rock”, The Vin Diesel of Davao

Aside from his physical resemblance to the Fast and Furious actor Vin Diesel or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dela Rosa’s nickname “Bato” was actually derived from his stomping ground, the city of Barangay Bato in Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur.

Since then Dabawenyos started calling him “Bato.”

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I’ll let the picture do the talking.

4. He holds a doctorate degree in Development Administration from the University of Southeastern Philippines, Davao City.

He also passed the Officers Senior Executive Course (OSEC) and Career Service Executive Eligibility (CSEE). He attended training courses at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Ranger Course in the US, and other courses in Australia and Canada.

3. Member of the Mamasapano Probe Team

Before being the Director General, Dela Rosa served as one of the members of the Board of Inquiry tasked to probe the Mamasapano encounter in Maguindanao.

Moreover, he held the position of the Executive Officer of the Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development at Camp Crame and different posts in the PNP’s Intelligence Group from October 2013 to November 2015.

2. Significant accomplishments

  • PMA Alumni Association Cavalier Award for Outstanding Performance as Police Professional in Police Operation 2015
  • PNP Achievement Award in the Field of Operations (PCO Level) 2013
  • PNP Senior PCO of the Year for Operations 2012
  • PAOCTF Satellite Office of the Year 1999 and PRMG of the Year 1998

1. Notable missions

One of his significant missions is from the time of January 2012 to October 2013. He had marching orders from now President Duterte and Mayor Sara Duterte to stop the use and sale of illegal drugs in the city. He headed Oplan TukHang (Tuktok-Hangyo), wherein he and his team would go to the homes of known drug dealers and users, knock on their doors and warn drug dealers and users to reform.

  • Tuktok in Bisaya literally means “to knock” while hangyo means “request.”

As stated in Rappler’s article, Dela Rosa himself was beaming when he recalled the memories, and he noted that drug use and abuse went down by at least 60% because of this operation.

Ultimately, let’s not mistake his niceness for weakness, because clearly, he is a force to be reckoned with.

Do you think that he can help stand up to Duterte’s vision of suppressing crime in 3-6 months? Share your thoughts below! 


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