BONTOC Mountain Province, April11 (PIA) - - Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa is now a Cordilleran, with the Provincial Government of Mountain Province officially adopting him as its son with the native name “Muling”.
Muling in Mountain Province means unbreakable and firm, an apt reference to Dela Rosa’s strong brand of leadership and his nickname “Bato”.
The adoption ceremony where Dela Rosa was given an Igorot blanket, headgear and a spear and his ‘adoption document’ (provincial resolution) was part of the province’s 50th Foundation Day Anniversary on April 7 where the PNP chief was the guest of honor.
Dela Rosa expressed his deep gratitude to the provincial government’s move to make him an adopted son of such a great province.
“I am honored to be a member of the families of gallant warriors and beautiful ladies of Mountain Province. It is an enriching and inspiring experience for me’, Dela Rosa said.
He stressed that the Cordillerans as gallant warriors was proven by the members of the SAF 44, many them tracing their roots from this part of the country.
Dela Rosa also disclosed that he himself is entrusting his life to a Cordilleran in the person of PSInsp. Daniel Pumecha Jr, his security officer, who hails from Mountain Province.
In his keynote message, Dela Rosa called for a continuing partnership with the province and its people in maintaining the drug – free status of Mountain Province as earlier declared by the Police Regional Office – Cordillera. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)