Published December 13, 2017, 5:32 PM

Several senators welcomed the impending appointment of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa as Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief.

“I wish him well in his impending appointment to a very challenging job,” Sen. Francis Escudero said in a text message.

PNP Chief Ronald Bato Dela Rosa (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN)

“I hope he succeeds in establishing order and stopping the illegal drug trade from within the New Bilibid Prison (NBP),” Escudero added.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said Dela Rosa has been known to be a tough and decisive leader.

“We need someone with these qualities to completely overhaul the system inside BuCor and once and for all eliminate illegal drugs and corruption inside the facilities,” Gatchalian said.

Gatchalian said the NBP facility has been the face of illicit drug trade being perpetuated by convicted drug lords.

“I’m confident that he has experience and grit to put BuCor order,” he said.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a former PNP chief said the drug lords serving time in NBP “must be quaking in their slippers at the thought of Bato in their midst practically 24/7.”

“His assignment as BuCor director could very well serve its purpose what with his reputation preceding him in the aspect of being hands on, not to mention his track record of being mission-oriented,” Lacson said.

If he has any aspiration to run for a higher government position in 2019, Sen. Joseph Victor ‘JV’ Ejercito said the BuCor would be his testing ground.“That will be a very tough test for Gen. Bato,” Ejercito said.

“If he has plans to run for a position, the BuCor given its present state, is a big challenge, it might be a ‘make or break’ opportunity for Gen. Bato,” added Ejercito.

Dela Rosa earlier disclosed that President Duterte will appoint him to the BuCor after he retires in January 21, 2018.

Courtesy of Manila Bulletin