Making friends — well, true friends in that matter — in today’s day and age is one of the hardest things to do in life. But there’s still hope, take a look at Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. He has stood by his police chief after calls for him to resign over the alleged killing of a South Korean businessman by police officers at the national police headquarters.

PNP chielf Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, a top figure in Duterte’s war on drugs, has the president’s full support. But others like House Speaker Pataleon Alvarez, have told Dela Rosa to step down after several officers were charged with kidnapping and killing Jee Ick-joo inside the headquarters back in October. Dela Rosa said that he was “very angry” and “very offended” about the case.

To add struggle and stress over the matter, Senator Leila De Lima stated that “A genuine recognition of the root of the problem should go beyond blaming Dela Rosa, and instead condemn the drug war policy that has produced human rights violators and criminals out of the men and women of the PNP (Philippine National Police).”

It just goes to show that some of the people you meet nowadays (not generalizing) are not as big on playing nice, doing things to help each other get ahead, and even giving the right advice. But Duterte clearly shows the right signs of being a friend to Dela Rosa by giving him full support amidst all of the issues.

Friendship is important and priceless but it’s not always easy to find. I, myself is still hopeful that there is good in people and that there are people that still have the family values and decent morals that we used to give importance back them.





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