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‘Bato’ is for real

It doesn’t mean at that moment that we’re not serious and I’ll show them that it’s true, it’s not a joke



Presidential aspirant Senator Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa of the ruling PDP Laban on Sunday said he is serious in his bid for the presidency despite filing his Certificate of Candidacy two hours before closing time last 8 October.

“It doesn’t mean at that moment that we’re not serious and I’ll show them that it’s true, it’s not a joke,” he said in a radio interview.

“Just imagine this is the highest position in the land and I will not back down from it, I will prove everything I can, just proving to them that I am sincere in my desire to be the president of this country,” De la Rosa, who was the last to file his candidacy during registration, said.

He added that he is ready with possible events that might happen and he believes that his tandem with Senator Christopher Bong Go is now in full swing, as Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio earlier said that she will not run for president.

De la Rosa will bring the color gray as his political color, as advised by his Feng Shui consultants when he ran for senator in 2019.

De la Rosa said he is willing to listen to different sectors on their suggestions on how the drug war campaign will improve, including requiring policemen to wear body cameras in their operations to ensure the legitimacy of the operation and there will be no human rights violations.

“We’ve been hearing some recommendations, inputs from other sectors. We are willing to listen to their recommendations. We are not stubborn not to listen. We consider that.”

“We will continue the war on drugs with some modifications that will prohibit our police from conducting anti-drug operations without wearing body-worn cameras to ensure the legitimacy of their operations and also ensure that they are safe from any countercharges from their suspects.” De la Rosa said.

De la Rosa added that he sees no problem in amending the Omnibus Election Code with regard to substitution of candidates. Some lawmakers have proposed to remove the provision on such substitution.

“I don’t have a problem with that, I am perfectly okay… If they see that there is abuse, let’s amend that,” De la Rosa said.

On Saturday, De la Rosa started their roadshow in Iligan City where President Rodrigo Duterte was present for the oath-taking of new members of PDP LABAN under the wing of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.