Gen. Bato Gets Emotional: “Gustong-gusto ko makipaglaban doon (Sa Marawi)”

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said that he wanted to fight together with his police officers in Marawi against the terrorists, if only he can.

Gen. dela Rosa became emotional on Monday as he narrated the hardships he witnessed being experienced by his police officers fighting against the Maute group in Marawi City.

Dela Rosa said he wanted to join his men in Marawi and fight side by side with them. However, he said that there would be complications.
"May komplikasyon lang kasi. Kung andun ka tapos chief PNP ka. The situation—maraming implication. How I wish andun ako fighting side by side with them," he said. 

"Instead of concentrating in the fight, my troops might concentrate on securing my safety so their strategy will mess up and that is my frustration," he elaborated why the situation is complicated.

He said that when he went to Lanao over the weekend, he visited the wounded personnel in Marawi.

There, he encountered one Special Action Force trooper who requested him if he, the officer, can be transferred to an area near his family.

Dela Rosa stated that the wounded officers who requested for transfer will be evaluated by the Philippine National Police, the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management, and the Director of Special Action Force.
"Pakiusap ng pulis ma-assign malapit sa pamilya niya. Fourteen years na sa SAF fighting in Mindanao. Wounded na 'yung pulis. Malaki ang tama sa leeg at likod at hirap makahinga. Walang ibang sinasabi kundi malipat malapit sa pamilya. Sabi niya, 'I've been away from my family for 14 years fighting here in Mindanao,'" Gen. dela Rosa said during PNP flag ceremony.
Recalling this, Dela Rosa became emotional as he had a long pause, fighting back tears.
"Gusto kong sabihin, 'Sige umuwi ka na. Ako papalit sa 'yo dito.' Sana kung walang kumplikasyon, kung hindi ako four-star rank, gustong-gusto ko makipaglaban doon," he said.
Dela Rosa added that if he could just have it his way, he would send the misbehaved Manila police officers to Marawi to fight against Maute and bring the Marawi police to Manila.

"I am comparing their lives where they only think about money, whereas our police officers there in Marawi are caught in the battle, thinking of survival," Gen. dela Rosa added.
"How I wish 'yung pulis sa Manila, lalo 'yung scalawag, dalhin sa Marawi. At 'yung nasa Marawi dalhin sa Manila. 'Yung andun bigyan ng reward," he said.

According to reports, a total of 44 military officers and police officers have already been killed in the gunfight since Tuesday.
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Recent deaths of military officers include six soldiers killed. Meanwhile, 18 terrorists were also killed in recent gunfight, increasing the number of terrorists already killed to 31. These statistics are reported by the military. 

“As of this report, 31 terrorists were already neutralized and six high-powered firearms were recovered by the troops,” Brig. Gen. Rolando Bautista, commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said.

The fighting between the military and the terrorist groups started on Tuesday following the attacks of the Maute Group in Marawi City.
Source: GMAInq