Kahit napagtulungan! Bato shines in Otso Diretso-dominated senatorial forum

Senatorial candidates Bato Dela Rosa and Otso Diretso bets / compiled photo from ABS CBN and Rappler

Manila, Philippines - Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa slays during the CNN Philippines’ senatorial forum last Saturday, April 27 as he bravely faced off opposition candidates on different issues.

From the water crisis to the drug war then Chine debt trap, Dela Rosa became the one-man wrecking crew of President Rodrigo Duterte against the Otso Diretso bets.

“Paano ako makakalma, ang dami nila, ako lang mag-isa kaya kailangan ko bigyan diin, walo-walo sila,” says Dela Rosa when the debate host tried to calm him down.

During the give-and-take on the drug war of the debate, Dela Rosa nearly lost his cool as he dealt with attacks from different sides.

The former PNP chief found himself parrying with seven opposition senatorial candidates; Chel Diokno, Erin Tanada, Florin Hilbay, Samira Gutoc, Gary Alejano, and Romy Macalintal and former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares.

Though surrounded, Dela Rosa won the audience over with his sincerity and frankness.

When asked if he has ever been corrupt, he recalled his hatred to stealing even when he was a child.

“Never ako nagnakaw kahit survival ang iniisip ko. Eight kilometers ang nilalakad ko sa eskuwelahan ‘pag wala akong pera,” he said.

Source: Politiko

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