Senator Bato dela Rosa to prioritize death penalty, mandatory military service bills

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2019   •   8398

Senator, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines – Newly proclaimed senator, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said he still couldn’t believe how his career progressed from being an ordinary policeman to being a lawmaker.

“Hindi pa rin. Hindi ko pa rin maisip na senador na pala ako,” the candid former chief of police said during an interview in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Wednesday (May 22).

Dela Rosa believes his performance in the Philippine National Police (PNP) has contributed a lot to his candidacy plus the fact, he said, that people now prefer politicians who are naturally transparent.

Now that he is officially a lawmaker, Senator “Bato” said he will prioritize crafting legislation that would seek the reinstatement of death penalty for heinous crimes — including erring policemen who plant evidence against drug suspects.

He said he will focus more on peace and order which is essential in the protection of Filipinos, especially the poor, and to the country’s economy.

He argued that no matter how good the plans of the government’s economic manager are, they will never prosper without peace and order.

“Kung may magandang peace and order tayo, mayroong investment,” he said.

(Having an excellent peace and order will yield investments.)

“Kung mayroon investment mayroon employment. Pag mayroong employment, mayroong income. Pag may income, may perang pambili ang ating mga kababyan so napaka-importante ng peace and order,” the senator-elect said.

(More investments mean more employment [opportunities]. More employment means more income. More income means more money which we could use for our people so peace and order is very important.)

In line with this, Dela Rosa is also considering pushing for the mandatory military service in lieu of the Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC).

“Like other countries na pagdating mo ng 18 years old, obligado ka na mag-serve sa military for two years. Walang pakialam ang gobyerno kung anak ka ng mayaman, o ng mahirap, kung sikat ka o artista ka, maganda din iyon,” he said.

(Like other countries that require all 18-year-olds to obligatory military service for two years. The government will not exempt whether you are a son of a wealthy family, or poor family, whether you are famous or a celebrity, that’s good.)

“Gusto ko malakas ang ating territorial defense when it comes to foreign aggression, foreign invasion so kailangang i-prepare natin ang ating kabataan na mayroon tayong enough reserves, human resource reserves,” he added.

(I want our territorial defense to be strong when it comes to foreign aggression, foreign invasion, so we need to prepare our youth so we may have enough reserves, human resource reserves.)

Dela Rosa noted, however, that the government may possibly shoulder the uniform and all the expenses of those who will enter the compulsory military service as they will render service like commissioned military personnel.

As for the ROTC, he said the parents may support since they are now paying for the expenses of their children under the existing National Service Training Program (NSTP).

Dela Rosa, the architect of the Duterte government’s war on drugs, placed fifth in the 2019 midterm senatorial elections garnering a total of 19,004,225 votes. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

‘Behind the Wishper’ virtual concert pays tribute to Wish 107.5 innovator, donates gadgets to deserving students

Marje Pelayo   •   December 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — All-hits FM radio station, Wish 107.5 on Sunday (December 20) took “wishers’” and fans all over the world to a journey into its inception and success while being serenaded by some of the top Filipino artists in a virtual concert entitled “Behind the Wishper.”

OPM A-listers such as KZ Tandingan, Yeng Constantino, Morisette Amon, Bugoy Drilon, balladeer Marco Sison, the Wishfuls , The Juans among other special guests performed during the special digital concert streamed live on Wish 107.5’s YouTube channel.

The artists paid homage to Kuya Daniel Razon, the station’s innovator — and the voice behind the station’s “voiceprint”— for conceptualizing a unique platform for singers and composers of Original Pilipino Music (OPM), to showcase their talent not only in the Philippines but in the international music scene.

“It feels good na mayroong [Wish 107.5] na sobra ang support sa OPM. Hindi lang sa malalaking singers. Talagang open ang pinto ninyo for the new breeds to show their music,” said snger-composer Yeng Constantino.

Singer Bugoy Drilon echoed the same sentiment: “Sobrang malaki ang naitulong ng (Wish 107.5) kasi nagbigay sila ng avenue sa Filipino talents around the world.”

“Not only mainstream but even underground, they all deserve na marinig ang talent nila at music nila and (Wish 107.5) gave it to them, to us,” he added. Bugoy celebrated his 10th year anniversary in the industry with a first solo concert organized by Wish 107.5 in 2018.

Part of last night’s concert was a look back at the station’s charitable endeavors among which is the Wish Music Awards where winning artists are given the chance to help their chosen charities.

“The reason why Wish 107.5 is getting bigger and bigger kumbaga mas marami pang blessings na natatanggap ang Wish 107.5 is because they never forget to give back and to pay it forward,” noted Asia’s soul supreme, KZ Tandingan.

KZ was the first Filipino artist to perform at the Dubai World Trade Center which was made possible through Wish 107.5. She was proud to note how her Wishclusive videos helped her land a spot in a singing competition in China. The experience was an important milestone in the artist’s career.

During the concert, the station distributed 107 tablets to student beneficiaries for their online classes.

“Sabi ko nga mas blessed iyong feeling na nakaka-bless din tayo ng ibang tao kasi the fact na mayroon tayong abilidad at may pagkakataon tayong makatulong. Sobrang thankful ako na ginagawa ng Wish iyon kasi nagkakaroon kami ng venue para makatulong din sa iba,” said singer Daryl Ong who was hailed Wish Male Artist of the Year in 2016.

Like most wishers, the artists expressed their gratitude to Kuya Daniel for breathing new life into Filipino music through digital media and paving the way for OPM into the global airwaves.

“I think that’s the reason why a lot of artists love to always come back to Wish 107.5 kasi kay Kuya Daniel pa lang ang sarap na palagi ng trato. He respects you as an artist and as an individual,” noted KZ

“Thank you again for all your efforts, for your vision of Filipino music, for putting Filipino musicians and artists sa harapan ng publiko para makita nila kung gaano kaganda ang ating sariling musika,” said national artist for music, Ryan Cayabyab who wished Kuya Daniel more wisdom and more innovations ahead for OPM.

After the special concert, Wish 107.5 announced the next big project happening on January 15, 2021 — the 6th Wish Music Awards. Nominations for favorite artists officially opened on November 9, 2020.

As an added milestone, “Behind the Wishper” concert trended at number one spot with the hashtag #BehindTheWISHper on Philippine trends logging 14,400 tweets on Twitter.

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Health reform advocate recommends ECQ extension in Luzon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 3, 2020

A doctor and health reform advocate has recommended the extend the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon due to the continuous rise in confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country.

In an interview in ‘Get it Straight with Daniel Razon’, Special Adviser to the National Action Plan on COVID-19 Chief Implementor Dr. Anthony Leachon said there are several things to consider before lifting the ECQ.

Leachon noted that the government should look into the number of recoveries from the virus, the number of new cases, and the number of deaths to see if there is a considerable drop.

“We must not rush into this. Nagsabi ang World Health Organization (WHO) two weeks ago na the Philippines is not ready for lifting the lockdown,” he said.

Leachon also suggests lifting the ECQ gradually and prioritize areas which have a huge decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) still has not announced any official decision on the said recommendation for ECQ extension. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Bato confirms his US visa has been canceled

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020

Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa confirmed on Wednesday (January 22) that the United States (US) has cancelled his visa.

Dela Rosa said he was informed about the cancellation of his visa when he made an inquiry about his visa status on Monday (January 20).

“I received their official answer […] informing me that my visa is no longer valid for travel to the United States,” he said in an interview.

The Senator also said the US Embassy did not provide any reason regarding the cancellation of his visa or until when the visa will remain canceled. However, he can still reapply for another visa.

“No reason was stated,” Dela Rosa said. “Should I want to apply for another visa, I may apply.”

A resolution was filed before the upper chamber of the US Congress which allows the US Executive Branch to impose travel restrictions and sanctions against human rights violators including officials involved in the detention of former Senator Leila de Lima.

However, there is still no confirmation if Dela Rosa’s canceled visa is related to the said resolution.—AAC

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