Bato Dela Rosa, Nancy Binay files for the 2019 Senatorial race

Marje Pelayo   •   October 12, 2018   •   4493

BOC Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa and Senator Nancy Binay

MANILA, Philippines – Notable personalities showed up at the Palacio Del Gobernador on Friday (October 12) on the second day of filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) for the 2019 mid-term elections.

Senator Nancy Binay was accompanied by her brother former Makati Mayor Jun Jun Binay in filing her COC.

Senator Binay said she will focus on the country’s tourism industry should she win another term in the Senate.

“Nakikita ko ho na marami pang dapat gawin sa industriya ng turismo. Isa iyon sa ipu-pursue ko kung tayo ay nabigyan ng panibagong pagkakataon,” she said.

Next to file was outgoing Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa who was accompanied by his supporters.

Dela Rosa maintained that his main platform of government is for the elimination of illegal drug operations in the country.

He said he is still too young to retire and still has the energy to serve.

“I am too young to retire…56 years old. Alam kong malakas pa ako. Kaya ko pa. Marami pa akong madeliver na serbisyo sa taong bayan,” the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said.

Binay is running under her father former vice president Jejomar Binay’s coalition, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) while Dela Rosa is running under the ruling party Partido Demokratikong Pilipino PDP-Laban. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

 

Relatives of victims in Negros killings call on Senate for justice

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 27, 2019

Relatives of victims in the Negros Oriental killings called for justice at the Senate hearing on Tuesday (Aug 27).

In the latest record of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the New People’s Army (NPA) was allegedly behind five of the 11 killings in Negros Oriental.

Meanwhile, based on the record of Senator Risa Hontiveros, there had been 34 killings that happened in Negros Oriental this year which include the 14 farmers massacred in Nene, Sagay City, Negros Oriental last March 30.

READ: PNP Chief relieves Negros Oriental top cops over farmers’ killing

Juthida Callao, the mother of one of the victims, still laments the loss of her child.

“Ang sakit sakit sa kalooban namin na ganun ang ginawa ng NPA sa kanila, (What the NPA did is very painful to us),” she said.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Dangerous Drugs Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa assured they will do all means to curb violence in the area.

“We want to ensure that justice will be served and the perpetrators of the barbaric murders will be punished,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)

Bato apologizes for ‘shit happens’ remark

Maris Federez   •   July 8, 2019

Senator Ronald dela Rosa

Senator Ronald dela Rosa has issued a public apology for his “shit happens” remark last week.

The senator’s statement stemmed from the death of a three-year-old girl during an anti-illegal drugs operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Rodriguez, Rizal last June 29.

Dela Rosa admitted using wrong choice of words in detailing the said incident.

“Klaruhin ko na lang, hindi maganda ang dating doon sa parents ng bata na namatay. I would like to apologize to the family yung aking wrong use of term. Dapat ang sinabi ko doon instead na ‘shit happens’, dapat unfortunate [I would like to clear, it didn’t sit well with the parents of the dead child. I would like to apologize to the family for my wrong use of term. I shouldn’t have said “shit happens” but, rather, unfortunate],” Dela Rosa said.

The newbie senator promised to be very careful with his choice of words now that he is already a lawmaker. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

Senate President Sotto still enjoys support of colleagues in 18th Congress

Maris Federez   •   May 31, 2019

Senate President Vicente Sotto III

With the opening of Congress on July 22, new faces in the Senate and the House of Representatives will have their mettle tested in the world of politics.

Neophyte senators Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Christopher “Bong” Go, Imee Marcos and Francis Tolentino, who form part of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago-PDP bloc, are ready to set foot in the Senate.

Amid rumors of division in the Senate on committee chairmanship, Senator Cynthia Villar’s name has been floating to be the bloc’s bet for Senate Presidency.

Majority of the incumbent senators, however, have signified their support to the current leadership of Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

 “I think Sen. Sotto will keep the Senate presidency,” said Senator Richard Gordon.

In a text message, Senator-elect Bong Go, stressed that he doesn’t know of any move that is pushing anyone in the Senate leadership, particularly that of Senator Villar.

Even Senator Villar, herself, said that she is not interested to become the Senate president.

Senate President Sotto, on the other hand, stated that even the mentioned incoming senators have also expressed their support to him.

He admitted that the support of his colleagues in the Senate is very crucial in his leadership.

“The Senate presidency is always at the pleasure of the members of the majority,” he added.

Other names floating to possibly replace Senator Sotto in the Senate leadership are that of Senators Panfilo Lacson and Franklin Drilon. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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