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



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. 
Source: UNTV
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