- Bato dela Rosa addressed the issue that he is “afraid” of participating in public debates
- Dela Rosa said that he is more than willing to attend such event anytime
- He also mentioned the reason why he was not able to attend the ABS-CBN town hall debate
Former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief and Senate candidate Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said that he is not afraid to join any debate. KAMI learned that Dela Rosa is ready to face all of the candidates.
In an interview with ABS-CBN TV anchor Karen Davila on ANC’s Headstart, Dela Rosa said that there is no reason to be afraid of debates.
“Hindi ako natakot makipag-giyera sa mga NPA, sa mga terorista, ‘yan pang debate na hindi naman ‘yan makamatay. Bakit ako matatakot diyan?" Dela Rosa said.
"Anytime, kahit saan, kahit sa loob ng CR mag-debate kami, kahit sa tuktok ng bundok,” he added.
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The former PNP chief said that he was not able to attend the ABS-CBN town hall debate because he was in Zamboanga for Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s campaign rally. He mentioned that his priority was to participate in the event that was prepared ahead of time in order to avoid disappointing the local organizers.
“Sino ‘yung priority ko? ‘Yung otso otso na ‘yan o ‘yung rally namin na naka-prepare na? Hindi ko puntahan ‘yun, magalit sa akin ‘yung local organizer,” Dela Rosa said.
KAMI reported earlier that Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s (HNP) campaign manager, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte said that it would be more interesting for her to face the Otso Diretso candidates in a debate.
The opposition candidates also slammed the Senate slate of HNP for not participating in public debates. They even asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to moderate a debate between the two parties. However, the Comelec has turned down this proposal.
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