Bato Dela Rosa Idolize Drilon in Law Crafting Even Eyes Were Closed
Sen. Ronald Bato Dela Rosa on Monday give flattery remarks on Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, saying he idolize him in crafting laws.
Dela Rosa called Drilon his “idol” in crafting law when the two debated on the proposal seeking to increase the number of women in the police force. From a 10 percent to 15 percent increase of required quota of female officers in the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Drilon asked neophyte senator if a law mandating “an incremental increase in the recruitment and training of women in the police force… until 50 percent of the personnel.” Dela Rosa, however, was not able to answer directly and admitted unsure if the 50 percent quota refers to half of the entire police force, or to the number of police officers in specific police divisions.
“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,” said the neophyte senator, who served as former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Drilon told Dela Rosa that it is “reasonable” for lawmakers to say that the 50 percent would refer to specific services offered by the police, based on the report of ABS-CBN News. Drilon then suggested to carefully look to this proposed measure to ensure that its remedial policy is reflected.
“I don’t think we can find a system in the entire world where the mandate is gender equality means there is an equal number between men and women in the police force,” the Senate Minority Leader said.
“I suggest the committee look at this carefully and introduce remedial wording so that the intention is accurately reflected in the letter of the law,” he said.
Dela Rosa responds that he would defer the interpretation of the law to Drilon. “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,” Dela Rosa told Drilon.
“Kahit na nakapikit ang mata mo, alam kong kayang-kaya mo gawin ito that is why I’m asking for your opinion,” he said.
But the opposition senator chuckling at Dela Rosa’s remarks and said that the neophyte senator would have to issue his own interpretation since he was the sponsor of the bill.
“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.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III ended the discussion by teasing Dela Rosa on his remarks exchanged with Drilon. “There is a lesson also to learn, Sen. Dela Rosa, that sometimes flattery does not work,” Sotto jested.
In response, Dela Rosa took the ribbing light-heartedly and agreed to tell Sotto: “I am learning, Mr. President.” “I’m learning from the good interpolator [Drilon],” he added.
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