Incoming senator Dela Rosa eyes training on lawmaking
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Former Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is planning to attend seminars on crafting laws should he win a seat in the Senate.
First time candidate Dela Rosa is poised to become a senator with more than 18 million votes in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) partial, unofficial results of the 2019 midterm elections.
In an interview with CNN Philippines, Dela Rosa said he is seeking to attend seminars on lawmaking as this is the very essence of his work as a legislator.
“Ewan ko kung meron bang seminar diyan, or ano bang training dyan para matutuhan ko kung paano gawin ‘yung ng batas, kung paano gawin ‘yung trabaho sa Senado. Kung merong ganon I’ll take that opportunity para matuto ako,” he said in an interview on Tuesday.
(Is there a seminar for that or training where I could learn how to craft laws or about our work in the Senate? If there’s any, I’ll take that opportunity so I could learn.)
But he added that he will not attend the training if these will be held in the University of the Philippines because it was “anti-police” and “anti-military.”
Dela Rosa also said that he plans to consult reelectionist Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel and JV Ejercito on the things that he needs to do to prepare for the job.
“Magtawag tawag ako kina Koko Pimentel, JV Ejercito kung ano ba talaga ang trabaho ng senador. What do I need to prepare para pagpasok ko, hindi na ito katawa-tawa,” he said.
(I will call Koko Pimentel and JV Ejercito to ask about the job of a senator, what I need to prepare so I won’t look ridiculous when I enter the Senate.)
Dela Rosa is currently ranking fifth in the top-12 winning circle with 18,339,919 votes based on partial, unofficial results from Comelec as of 5:10 a.m. Wednesday.
Pimentel is currently at 11th spot with 14,255,261 votes while Ejercito is outside the winning circle at the 13th place with 13,897,153 votes.
“Kaya nga malungkot ako. Magdasal na lang. Sana si JV makaakyat, si Koko ‘wag nang bumaba,” Dela Rosa said.
(That’s why I am sad. I’ll just pray. I hope JV’s ranking would go up and Koko’s wouldn’t go down.)
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2019
Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa has filed a Senate bill that seeks to include substance abuse education in the K-12 program.
Based on his Senate Bill No. 228, substance abuse prevention education should be included from 4th Grade to the 12th Grade. This aims to equip students with sufficient knowledge and information about the dangers of substance abuse.
“The youth, once involved in drug abuse will likely have academic, relationship and health problems. This leads to lower grades, dropping out from schools and having damaged physical, cognitive and emotional development,” he said.
Based on the data of the Dangerous Drugs Board, there are 4.8 million Filipinos aged 10 to 69 who have used illegal drugs at least once in their lives.
The youngest drug surrenderer and youngest recorded minor rescued for substance abuse were seven-year-olds. —AAC
by Maris Federez | Posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
Some senators are still not sold on the idea of instilling changes in the 1987 Constitution in the 18th Congress.
This, despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s manifestations of pursuing the charter change.
Senator Franklin Drilon said it is still uncertain as to how senators will vote on the proposed constitutional amendment.
Drilon said, “(It is) difficult to predict at this time how the senators will vote. Senate prides itself as independent of Malacañang.”
“Plus, I sense that a number of my colleagues have a “moist eye” on the Presidency in 2022, and may not support an amendment which may lead to a shift to federalism,” he added.
Liberal Party president, Senator Francis Pangilinan, who held the chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes, meanwhile, said the fate of the charter change will depend on composition of the Senate.
“That all depends on the majority. We will see how it goes given the new composition of the Senate,” Pangilinan said.
Senator Ralph Recto, on the other hand, said he still wants to have the cha-cha proposal scrutinized.
“We’ll have to take a look at details of the cha-cha proposal,” he said.
Senator Panfilo Lacson, meanwhile, believes that majority of the senators have not wavered in their stance regarding the charter change.
“It’s a little more complicated than what the President and the House want. Why? We are simply back to the same question, which is to clarify the ambiguity of the provision in the Constitution that deals with the manner of voting by Congress constituting itself into a constituent assembly,” Lacson said.
He further said, “Again, in doing so, we are faced with a chicken and egg situation. If it’s via ConCom, do we have enough time to accomplish it before the end of his term?”
Neophyte senator Francis Tolentino, however, believes that the passage of the proposed change in the form of government can still happen during President Duterte’s term.
“Tapos na yung preparatory work ng ConCom. Yung ginawa ni former Justice Puno [The preparatory work in ConCom is finished. What former Justice Puno did], it was commissioned by the executive branch. May napadala na silang report at nasa infancy stage na yung kauna unahang version nito yung sa Bangsamoro. Hindi pa siguro huli ang lahat [They were able to send their report and the very first version of it – the Bangsamor- is already at the infancy stage. Maybe it’s not yet too late,” Tolentino said.
The proposed charter change was able to slightly move in the Lower House during the 17th Congress.
It was, however, stalled in the Senate until the Congress adjourned. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – Senator-elect Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Wednesday (June 26) said he is determined to push for death penalty by firing squad for convicted drug traffickers to strike fear among criminals.
“‘Yung firing squad sa plaza covered by media, live [telecast] (I want firing squad in Plaza covered live by media),” Dela Rosa told reporters in a briefing at Camp Crame.
“Para makita natin na hindi tayo dapat gumawa ng ganito, para maging deterrent ‘yan (So the public can see that we shouldn’t do this. That would become a deterrent),” he added.
Dela Rosa, a former Philippine National Police and Bureau of Corrections chief, said pushing for the reimposition of death penalty for drug trafficking had been his promise when he embarked on a campaign trail for the 2019 Midterm elections.
“Hindi lang susuportahan, didiinan ko, wala pa akong ibang plataporma noong tumakbo ako kundi bitay, bitay bitay lang [for drug trafficking]… pinanalo ako ng taong bayan with that plataporma, so kailangang gawin ko talaga,” he said.
(I will not only support it but emphasize it. I had no other platform of government when I ran for the senate race but death penalty. Filipinos voted for me with the promise so I have to deliver it.)
Dela Rosa, however, clarified that his proposal does not apply to street-level peddlers or users of illegal substance.
“Ang aking version ng death penalty is for drug trafficking, ito yung mga traffickers na nagpapabaha ng shabu sa ating bansa,” he said.
(My version of death penalty for drug traffickers will apply to large-scale traffickers of shabu in our country.)
President Rodrigo Duterte previously expressed hope to reinstate the capital punishment in the Philippines as he wages war against illegal drugs and crime.
Congress abolished death penalty in 2006.
Dela Rosa also dismissed possible criticisms from the Commission on Human Rights and other rights group on his proposal.
During his stint as police chief, Dela Rosa led the Duterte government’s war on drugs and implemented anti-drug operations which earned criticisms from various groups. (with details from Lea Ylagan)
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