Wala kayo sa lolo ko! Bato claims he’s a descendant of Rizal
Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has claimed he is a descendant of Dr. Jose Rizal, on the occasion of the hero’s 156th birth anniversary.
Dela Rosa made the revelation at the celebration of Rizal’s 156th birth anniversary in Calamba, Laguna on Monday (June 19), where he was the guest speaker.
“Kung magresearch ka makita niyo sa kanilang family tree, sa mother side isa sa mga lola niya Ines dela Rosa kaya yun ang kina-capitalize ko na kineclaim ko na descendant ako ni Jose Rizal,” he told reporters.
“Lahat naman tayong Filipino very proud of our national hero; lalung-lalo na nagkataon na descendant siya ng isang Dela Rosa kaya kineclaim ko na rin na relative ko siya. I’m very proud of that. Pinagmamayabang ko ‘yan,” Dela Rosa added.
The PNP chief said he discovered his connection to Rizal during a field trip in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte when he was a high school student.
“Nakita ko sa bahay ni Rizal, sa records doon na merong family tree doon na may Ines dela Rosa,” he said.
Dela Rosa said it was his connection to Rizal which inspired him to style his hair like the hero in his younger days.
“Kaya magmula noon nung may buhok pa ako pilit ko nang ginagaya yung kanyang hawi ng buhok,” he said.
Rizal’s descendants are traced through his siblings since he had no child of his own.