Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa claimed that national hero Dr. Jose Rizal is his ancestor, from whom he inherited his love for country and courage from.
June 19 marked Rizal’s 156th birth anniversary and dela Rosa was invited as a guest of honor and speaker and gave in to an interview where he pointed out one of Rizal’s grandmothers, Inez dela Rosa, in the Rizal family tree.
“Kung mag-research ka, makita niyo sa kanilang family tree, sa mother side na meron doong nakalagay, isa sa mga lola niya Inez dela Rosa kaya ‘yun ang kina-capitalize ko na kine-claim ko na descendant ako ni Jose Rizal,” the PNP chief said.
CPNP Bato shows the Family Tree of the Rizals, says he is related to Rizal for having the same ancestor in the person of Ines dela Rosa. pic.twitter.com/pCtb61PNkB
— Mariz Umali (@marizumali) June 19, 2017
Dr Rizal's family tree; on the upper left side is Ines dela Rosa, whom PNP chief Bato claimed to be his ancestor @gmanewsbreaking pic.twitter.com/AFTzHMpINc
— amitalegaspi (@amitalegaspi) June 19, 2017
Dela Rosa added that he has been making such a claim since he was in high school after he saw the national hero’s family tree during their school field trip in the hero’s house in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte.
“Nakita ko sa bahay ni Rizal, sa records doon na merong family tree doon na may Inez dela Rosa kaya magmula noon, nu’ng may buhok pa ako, pilit ko nang ginagaya ‘yung kanyang hawi ng buhok,” he said.
“Lahat naman tayong Filipino very proud of our national hero lalong lalo na nagkataon na descendant siya ng isang Dela Rosa kaya kine-claim ko na rin na relative ko siya. So I’m very proud of that. Pinagmamayabang ko ‘yan,” he added.
Dela Rosa also said that he shared his love for the country with Rizal.
“Siguro I can proudly say ‘yung pagmamahal sa bayan. Mahal na mahal ko ang bayang Pilipinas na I’m willing to die for this country. So siguro ‘yun ang namana ko sa aking ninuno,” he said.
“Hindi naman tayo kasing talino ni Rizal. ‘Yung pagmamahal naman maraming mode of translation into action. ‘Yung pagmamahal sa bayan kung matalino ka gamitin mo ang utak mo. Ako hindi naman kasing talino ni Rizal, pero baka kasing tapang kaya ‘yung tapang ko na lang ang ginagamit ko saka ‘yung aking lakas para mapatahimik itong bansang Pilipinas,” he added.
“Kung kulang ako sa talino, d’un ko kino-contribute sa tapang, malasakit, pagmamahal sa ating bayan.”
The PNP chief added that he would have imitated Rizal’s peaceful ways to fight for his country if he would have his way.
“Walang gustong pumatay sa kapwa Filipino. Regardless kung terorista, rebelde, drug personality, hindi po madali ang pagpatay sa kapwa Filipino. Mas maganda sana kung walang dahas,” dela Rosa said.
And Twitter users had fun reacting to dela Rosa’s claim.
Manuel L. Quezon III, a historian, opinion writer, and grandson of President Manuel L. Quezon, tweeted a photo of Rizal, captioning it as something of the national hero’s reaction to dela Rosa’s claim.
Forseeing what Bato would say in 2017, Rizal had the foresight to ask a friend to capture his reaction in a photo. pic.twitter.com/jZmpFwgOsW
— Manuel L. Quezon III (@mlq3) June 19, 2017
@prado_luz compared Rizal’s to dela Rosa’s “bravery,” tweeting: “Oh hell to the no! Gat Rizal turns his face with bravery to his firing squad. Bato scampered at the slightest sound of firecracker.”
Oh hell to the no! Gat Rizal turns his face with bravery to his firing squad. Bato scampered at the slightest sound of firecracker. 😝
— Luz Prado Morales (@prado_luz) June 19, 2017
@VeneeR58 jokingly tweeted that dela Rosa could be Rizal Alih’s descendant. We had to look up who Alih was and found out that he was a rebel cop who led smugglers in killing a military general and several hostages during the 1989 Camp Cawa Cawa siege.
Bato is descendant of Rizal Alih, not Gat Jose Rizal 😆😆😆
— Jugaad (@VeneeR58) June 19, 2017
@jmkenola also said he’d look at Rizal’s family tree in Calamba.
sir sino po yung Beauty Queen?
Regarding Bato, I will visit Rizal Shrine Calamba and look at the family tree.
— JM (@jmkenola) June 19, 2017
@MacDulag called dela Rosa’s claim a “joke on Rizal” as he tweeted, “So bato says he’s related to rizal……….Man, he’s good.I cant think of a better joke on Rizal.”
So bato says he's related to rizal……….Man, he's good.I cant think of a better joke on Rizal.
— TheResistancePH (@MacDulag) June 19, 2017
@primpaypon said: “Because he is a Rizal descendant, as he proudly claims, Bato should ask himself if Rizal is proud of him, too.”
Because he is a Rizal descendant, as he proudly claims, Bato should ask himself if Rizal is proud of him, too.
— Primitive Payphone (@primpaypon) June 19, 2017
@Felisminisms said, “You can’t just claim something without tangible proof, facts, and in-depth research. Wag kami Bato, di mo kami…”
You can't just claim something without tangible proof, facts, and in-depth research. Wag kami Bato, di mo kami… https://t.co/6Ujh3koNqB
— Simon Paul Felismino (@Felisminisms) June 19, 2017
Here are other reactions to Dela Rosa’s claim about being a Rizal descendant:
Bato: I am a proud descendant of Jose Rizal
Rizal: new phone hu dis
— Timpiramintal Burrrr (@toffeenutbutter) June 19, 2017
The most appropriate reply to Bato's claim is: So? Just bcos Rizal is our national hero doesn't make you one. You behave like d natl buffoon https://t.co/hPi598vOJf
— MyRizal (@MyRizalPH) June 19, 2017
That's a shame if it is proven that Bato is a descendant of Rizal. Apo Rizal must be turning in his grave.
— Tolits (@tolitsdfarmer) June 19, 2017
Nag-react na si Dr. Jose Rizal. Haha.
Ines dela Rosa is his great great grandma on father side. Not mother as Bato claimed. #Rizal156 pic.twitter.com/7OsDeyz3rj
— Ina Magenta (@reinamagenta) June 19, 2017
Bato: descendant of Rizal. Inherited his courage.
Also Bato: pic.twitter.com/sJP2koU5qU
— grace (@grace_roue) June 19, 2017
Rizal didn't get a free trip to Germany, Bato got room,air fare & the line at buffet table.
— chip2chip2 (@Chip2chip2) June 19, 2017
Sources: ( gmanetwork.com , philstar.com )