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Bato admits accepting Lacoste shirt, watch, printer as a cop: Alangan naman itapon mo!

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Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has admitted to receiving gifts when he was a police officer for more than 30 years.

In an interview over dzBB radio Monday (August 12), Dela Rosa said he accepted food, a printer, Lacoste t-shirt and watch from friends and people grateful for his service.

“Napaka-ipokrito ko ‘pag sinabi kong hindi ko tinanggap,” the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said.

Dela Rosa recalled that when he was deployed in Davao City, he received lechon and printer from persons he helped.

“Hindi ‘yan hinihingi ng pulis. Kusang binibigay at tulong sa trabaho ng pulis, bakit hindi namin tanggapin?” he said.

Dela Rosa said the Lacoste T-shirt and watch came from friends.

“Ako may barkada sa shooting, riding. Pumunta siya sa Amerika. Nakakita siya ng relo na bagay sa personality ko. Marvel na may markang bungo. Binili ng kaibigan ko. Pag-uwi niya dito, sabi bagay na bagay,” the senator said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has said that the act of police officers receiving gifts does not equate to bribery.

Dela Rosa supports Duterte’s view, saying gift giving is part of Filipino culture.

“Out of decency, pagbigay sa ‘yo ng whatever, ang sagot eh, ‘okay lang po hindi naman kailangan.’ Pag nag-insist, alangan namang itapon mo sa kanya,” he said.

Dela Rosa, however, said policemen should be discerning about the background of the gift giver.

“Kung binigyan ka ng relo ng financier ng illegal gambling o well known character na involved sa droga, bakit mo tatanggapin, delikado?” he said.

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