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‘Bato’ attracts drug war supporters in mall

A life-sized image of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Rolando dela Rosa greets customers at a mall in Mandaluyong City, hoping to entice the public to make themselves aware of the pressing drug problem in the country.

Launched last week, Dela Rosa’s posters stand at entrance doors of EDSA’s famous malls, beckoning the public to take selfies with the media savvy PNP chief and sign their names in a logbook supposedly signifying their support to the PNP’s drug war.

But is the campaign picking up support from the crowd?

As of yesterday, over 2,288 persons have signed their names in the record book of policemen assigned to facilitate the activity.

Throngs of curious giggling students and office workers trooped to the main entrance of Megamall to have their pictures taken with the life-sized 5’6” poster of PNP Chief ‘Bato’.

“Minsan po, may mga pumupunta dito na mga mukhang mayaman, ‘yung iba po ang dating at hindi nagse-selfie kasi nahihiya din sila or hindi nakakasingit pero pumipirma na lang ng pangalan nila sa logbook. Minsan may mga dumadayo talaga para lang mag selfie,” Police Officer 1 Raymond dela Cruz of Eastern Police District – District Public Safety Battalion (EPD-DPSB) said in an interview.

“Sinasabi po nilang sumusuporta po talaga sila. Maganda po ang reception ng mga tao kahit one week pa lang ito,” Dela Cruz said (Jenny Manongdo)