By Mario Casayuran
Boxing icon Senator Emmanuel D. Pacquaio has advised former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Roland dela Rosa that he could count on him in his (Dela Rosa’s) quest for understanding the rules and procedures in law making.
‘’I could share (with dela Rosa) what I have learned in the Senate,’’ Pacquiao said in a recent press briefing where four of the five Partido Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP) party senatorial bets have barged into the ‘’Magic 12.’’
Pacquiao is the PDP general campaign manager.
Dela Rosa has consistently been in fifth place in both official and unofficial returns of the May 13 senatorial race.
Pacquiao said dela Rosa, who has more than 30 years in government service, has one or two weeks to immerse himself on Senate rules and procedures.
The May 13 mid-term election winners for seats in the Senate and House of Representatives will take their oaths of office on June 30 and officially take over their posts on July 1. The 18th Congress will start on July 22.
Since he is not a college graduate, Pacquiao told reporters that he himself entered the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) three times.
The families of dela Rosa and Pacquiao were both poor.
In recent interviews, Dela Rosa admitted that he doesn’t know what his new position entails, adding that he would seek out seminars on lawmaking and ask advice from other senators.
Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III had said that the Senate does conduct seminars for newly-elected senators and their staff on the hows and wherefores of lawmaking.
Dela Rosa had admitted that he would not take seminars at the University of the Philippines because it was “anti-military” and “anti-police.
Instead, the first-time senator said he would seek out reelectionist Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, president of PDP, and Joseph Victor ‘’JV’’ Ejercito for their advice on what a lawmaker does.
Pimentel himself is on the 10th slot. Like his father, former Senate President Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr., young Pimentel is also bar topnotcher.