Watch: PNP Chief Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa Sings ‘Bawal na Gamot’ on Videoke (Video)
PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa sang Willy Garte’s hit song “Bawal na Gamot,” a Tagalog song about a drug addict who wants to change for the better. The entertaining moment happened a few hours before President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his first SONA (State of the Nation Address) speech this Monday, July 25. Watch video below.
As you can see, PNP Chief Bato Dela Rosa was the special guest at “SO ano NA,” a show at RTVM (Radio-Television Malacanang), a TV station that features news and public affairs of all the activities of the President of the Philippines. Another guest is Quezon City Memorial Circle Security Guard Generoso Cupal. (And yes, that his real surname).
In case you’re not still aware, Generoso Cupal was discovered by TV5 personalities Lourd de Veyra and Rodolfo ‘Jun’ Sabayton Jr. aka Bayaw. Cupal, who hails from Bohol is now famous for his own segment at TV5’s Kontrabando called “Hoy Cupal!” where he airs his sarcastic but funny comments on social issues and slams corrupt government officials.
During the interview, PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa was asked why he was nicknamed ‘Bato’ (Rock in English). And as he has explained several times in various interviews, he said he got his nickname for two reasons. First which is pretty obviously, his body is big and as solid as a rock. Second, he is from Barangay Bato, Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur.
After the short but fun interview with Generoso Cupal, Jun Sabayton and actress Dianne Medina, PNP Chief Bato Dela Rosa was given a microphone and request to sing “Bawal na Gamot.” Shortly, the three others joined him. But yes, this is not the first that the tough PNP head sang “Pusong Bato with Jessica Soho in her show, ‘Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.’
Shortly before President Duterte’s SONA, PNP Chief Bato Dela Rosa visited the militant leaders who were marching to Batasang Pambansa not to protest but to have a peaceful rally as support to the new administration. There, he gave a short speech saying that he is happy that for the first time, leftist groups are cooperating with the government.