Presidential candidate Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa yesterday likened himself and President Rodrigo Duterte to the biblical David and the International Criminal Court (ICC) the Goliath in the latter’s investigation into the country’s war on illegal drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives.
Dela Rosa, standard-bearer of the Cusi faction of the ruling party PDP-Laban in the 2022 elections, also clarified he is not afraid of the ICC probe but had only raised his concern to the President.
“If doesn’t mean that if I’m concerned, it’s already an admission of guilt. We are just concerned because this is something new. We will be facing a different court and we will be facing a Goliath. We are just David, and we will face Goliath,” he said.
“But you must remember that the small David, the small stone from his slingshot hit the eyes of Goliath,” Dela Rosa said in an online interview with DZRH.
Dela Rosa, the first police chief under the Duterte administration and chief implementer of the drug war, shared a part of his conversation with the President about the ICC.
“I raised that concern to him, and again, as a good commander-in-chief, he told me to just relax as he will take charge,” he said.
Dela Rosa said the President told him he will take full responsibility for everything that happened during his presidency.
The Mindanaoan senator reiterated that if he becomes the next president, he would allow the ICC to enter the country to observe our peace and order situation.
“They have to observe for themselves if the information that reached them were all true—that there are crimes against humanity that are happening here in the Philippines.”
But Dela Rosa said he will not allow them to investigate.
Last year, the Philippines was hailed as one of the top 50 nations with good peace and order in the Gallup’s 2020 Global Law and Order report.
The country garnered 84/100 in terms of positive security perception together with Australia, New Zealand, Poland and Serbia. Singapore got the highest score with 97 while Afghanistan was the lowest with 43.
In a separate interview with Radyo Pilipinas, Dela Rosa also admitted that President Duterte’s words were “very reassuring.”