- Senator Bato dela Rosa admitted that Senator Franklin Drilon is his “idol” when it comes to crafting laws
- Dela Rosa made the statement after Drilon interpellated the bill he is sponsoring
- Drilon explained that as a sponsor, Dela Rosa should be able to interpret his own bill
- However, Dela Rosa admitted that he is still learning in becoming a better lawmaker
Neophyte Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa revealed that Senator Franklin Drilon is his idol when it comes to making laws.
KAMI learned that Dela Rosa made the statement after Drilon questioned the bill that the neophyte senator authored.
In a report by Inquirer (authored by Christia Marie Ramos), Dela Rosa created a bill that aims to increase the number of female officers in the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Drilon mentioned that the Magna Carta for Women (MCW), or Republic Act No. 9710 already has a provision that mandates PNP and its allied services to increase female recruits by 50-percent five years from its passage.
"I don't know if this 50 percent refers to the whole of PNP or to the services of the forensics, medico-legal and social work services," Dela Rosa said.
"I defer to you, Mr. President, kung ano ang tingin ninyo... I respect your opinion because you are my idol pagdating sa crafting of laws," he continued.
"Kahit na nakapikit ang mata mo, alam kong kayang-kaya mo gawin ito that is why I'm asking for your opinion," he added.
Drilon responded to the remark of Dela Rosa and said that he should be able to interpret the proposed law he is sponsoring.
"Unfortunately, the good gentleman from Davao is the sponsor and he is supposed to express his opinion in the particular subject," Drilon said.
"We are just raising questions here to clarify the subject," he added.
Dela Rosa admitted that he is still learning when it comes to crafting laws.
Bato dela Rosa is a senator that was elected during the May 2019 polls. He also served as the chief of PNP and the director-general of Bureau of Corrections.
Earlier, Dela Rosa received criticisms over his “sarap ng buhay” remark during a live online Senate session amid the COVID-19 situation in the country.
Dela Rosa also commented over the controversial birthday celebration of National Capital Region Police Office Chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas during the enhanced community quarantine.
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