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Daily Diaries: “Bato” dela Rosa and His Fun Side that Won the Hearts of Filipinos

Daily Diaries: “Bato” dela Rosa and His Fun Side that Won the Hearts of Filipinos

PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s looks and nickname may be too tough for starters, yet, this crime fighting, anti-drug advocate police chief is fastrising as one of the more sociable government officials under the Duterte administration. From generating memes with his expression on camera during Duterte’s Inauguration [related: Daily Diaries: The Wittiest Posts on Social Media during Inauguration Day] to recreating his baby photo, dela Rosa knows how to win the hearts of Filipinos while carrying the herculean task of eradicating drugs in the country. Check out the different ways dela Rosa is a fun-loving PNP chief:


1. Playing Bejeweled (or Clash of Clans) is his means of relaxation, while taking a break from all those crime-fighting efforts:


2. Posing beside a poster of Vin Diesel, showcasing his well-chiseled “guns”:


3. His other idol? Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, which may explain why “Bato” is dela Rosa’s nickname (He has an explanation behind his nickname):


4. Make no mistake: He has his “fanboy” moments, evident with his guesting in It’s Showtime and meeting Coco Martin in person:


5. “Bato” also defines #relationshipgoals to a new level: Being close to his wife even when he is sleepy and tired (dela Rosa admits he's under the saya, even if Angel Locsin is his celebrity crush, and that he has gained celebrity status):


6. Even as a tough cop and a “rock star”, dela Rosa fears three things: God, his wife, and ghosts:


7. dela Rosa was chill with activists during Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA), which might explain why this year’s demonstrations were peaceful:


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