"Honesty is the best policy. No more, no less. You have to be honest... regardless if the truth hurts, if it is the truth, you can never go wrong. You stay with the truth."
ESQ: Earlier, you mentioned that you are running for senator because you want to support President Duterte. Tell us about your relationship with the President.
BDR: Our relationship dates back to 1986—that was 33 years ago. From then on, naging ninong ko siya sa kasal, at saka parati siyang nagmo-monitor sa aking mga accomplishments.
From 1986 to 1989, insurgency in Davao City was so bad. Literally almost the whole city was being penetrated and held by the Sparrow Units of the NPA. Every day, we had encounters with the New People's Army, and back then, Mayor Duterte monitored all our operations. Doon nagsimula ang aming relationship.
We share the same dreams and aspirations, we share the same beliefs, we share the same passion. Kaya nag-click ang aming samahan.
ESQ: Your partymates, particularly Mayor Sara, mentioned that honesty is not an issue in this election. Do you agree?
BDR: In fairness to Mayor Inday Sara, she was able to say that out of frustration siguro na, ‘puro kayo kwan, pareho naman kayong mga sinungaling na mga pulitiko,’ parang ganoon sinasabi niya. Ginagamit ng oposisyon, ng kabila, yung issue about yung Imee Marcos, di ba? Inday Sara, being the chair of Hugpong ng Pagbabago, humanap lang siya ng paraan na madepensahan yung miyembro ng kaniyang team.
Pero sa akin naman talaga, honesty is the best policy. No more, no less. You have to be honest, you have to be honest. I’m known by the people to be an honest officer, a transparent individual, sometimes to the point that yung aking honesty sometimes leads to troubles because nasasabi ko yung mga dapat hindi ko sabihin at the expense of my organization, at the expense of myself.
Pero sabi ko nga, at the end of the day, regardless if the truth hurts, if it is the truth, you can never go wrong. You stay with the truth. Iyon ang aking policy. Importante iyon, otherwise, if we don’t value honesty, what will become of the Philippines? It will become a nation of liars? Sinungaling tayong lahat? It’s not good.
ESQ: What are the three most important things to you?
BDR: Number one, love of God. If you love God, then you will be guided in your actions, regardless of whether you are being pushed to the wall, you will find no other recourse for survival. If you believe in God, something good will happen to you.
Number two is love of country. Marami tayong Pilipino ngayon na nagkukulang dito, yung pagmamahal sa ating bansa. If you love our country, that means you must be patriotic. You must be nationalisitc. Mahalin mo iyong bansa mo.
Number three is love of your fellow men. Kailangan marunong kang maki-kapwa. Mahalin mo iyong kapwa mo lalong lalo na 'yong mga marginalized. Ako kasi, I am known to be a "pusong bato" when it comes to criminals, pero ako’y "pusong mamon" pagdating sa mga inaapi. My heart bleeds for the these people. Ayaw na ayaw ko na may inaapi, kaya you should love your fellow men.