Philippine National Police Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa on Monday responded to Senator Franklin Drilon remarks after the latter called him "kanto boy" when he defended the cops behind the 'secret jail cell' in Manila Police Station 1.
Dela Rosa, who grew up in a poor family admitted that he was once a kanto boy before until he entered the Philippine Military Association.
"They can call me a kanto boy, sabi nila kanto boy daw ang aking sagot sa tanong na iyon. Kanto boy, it's okay with me. They can call me kanto boy. Totoo man talaga, naging kanto boy ako noon. Hindi lang ako nakapasok ng PMA, baka kanto boy ako hanggang ngayon," Dela Rosa said.
The PNP chief also stressed that no one should look down on "kanto boys" because not all people who hangs in the street are bad guys.
"Okay lang, Call me kanto boy. But remember… hindi lahat ng kanto boy masasama. At hindi lahat ng mayayaman, learned, educated na mga tao, mabubuti. Wag mong ismolin ang isang taong kanto boy dahil hindi lahat ng kanto boy, masama," he added.
Dela Rosa also said that the kanto boys are the one who quickly responded when there's a road incident in the streets.
For all you know mamaya magkakaroon kayo ng vehicular accident diyan, 'yung kanto boy pa makakasave ng buhay ninyo. 'Wag niyong ismolin ang kanto boy," Dela Rosa said.
Earlier, Senate Minority leader Franklin Drilon criticized Dela Rosa after hearing his statements on the hidden jail cell "Parang kanto boy, parang hindi chief PNP."