Sen. Bato describes new AFP chief as ‘silent but deadly’ worker

Published January 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Mario Casayuran

He is a silent worker but he could be deadly.

This was how Senator Ronald ‘’Bato’’ dela Rosa, a former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, described Lt. General Felimon Santos Jr., the new Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff.

Senator Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa (Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa / Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa
(Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa / Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

’Silent worker yan sya. Isang sundalo na masasabi natin na tahimik pero mapanganib. Yan yun,’’ dela Rosa said in a radio interview just before the AFP change of command rites at Campo Aguinaldo where he expressed his ‘’high expectations’’ on Santos. (He is soldier who is silent but deadly. That is what he is.)

Dela Rosa described Santos as being a hands-on official in the intelligence service and has a feel on both internal and external problems of the Philippine Republic.

Both dela Rosa and Santos are graduates of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), the Philippines’ ‘’West Point.’’

Asked what Santos should focus on as the new AFP chief o staff, this was what dela Rosa had to say:

‘’Number 1.  Internally, maganda naman ang kanilang takbo ng national task force ending communism. Sana i expect na tutukan nya ito. Matagal sya sa intel comm kapang kapa nya ang problema sa insurgency. (Internally, the pace of the national task force ending communism is on track. I expect him to focus on this. Being immersed in intelligence work he has a feel of the insurgency problem.)

‘’Number 2, Externally, Sana mapaganda pa ang external defense laban sa possible foreign aggression. Dapat maimprove natin ang AFP. (I hope he would improve upon the country’s external defense posture against possible foreign aggression. The AFP should be improved.)’’

Dela Rosa was blunt in saying that the ‘’off and on’’ peace talks between the Duterte administration and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) would not prosper.

‘’Niloloko lang tayo nito, ginag***o lang tayo. Sila maghingi ng peacetalks ceasefire tapos sila rin mag violate lokohan na ito,’’ he stressed. (The CPP is just fooling us. It is been taking us for a ride. They are the ones that asked for ceasefire but they are the first one to violate. This is madness.)

Dela Rosa also said that the armed component of the AFO is weakening based on the many numbers of surrenderees that are published in social media.

‘’Malalaman ng ating mga kababayan na malaki epekto nito sa komunista,’’ he pointed out. (The people know that is has a big negative effect on the insurgency war.)