By Hannah Torregoza
Newly-elected Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Thursday said he and fellow Senator Imee Marcos became close during the campaign period for the May 2019 midterm elections because they are both victims of prejudice.
“Naging close kami during the campaign dahil I feel for her,” Dela Rosa told reporters during a Kapihan sa Senado forum.
“Yung mga prejudice na natanggap nya parang pareho ng natanggap ko. Parang di siya tinatanggap dahil anak siya ni Marcos (The prejudice she received was almost the same thing I received. Some people won’t accept her because she’s a child of former President Ferdinand Marcos),” he explained.
“Kung ano kasalanan ng ama, pananagutan ng anak, naawa ako sa kanya (The sins of the father, became the responsibility of the child. I feel for her),” he pointed out.
As far as he is concerned, the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief said Marcos is competent enough to become a senator.
Both Marcos and Dela Rosa were senatorial candidates who ran under Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) regional party.
“Maganda naman record niya bilang governor ng Ilocos. Naawa ako sa kanya na para bang binubugbog na siya (She has a good record as a governor of Ilocos. That’s why I pity her because they keep on hitting her),” he said.
“Sa akin naman hindi porke’t probinsiyano ka, di ka magaling mag-English wala ka na karapatan mag-senador, (To me, just because you came from the province, you’re not good at speaking English, you no longer have the right to be a senator),” he pointed out.
“Sorry kayo, ginawa ako number 5 ng taombayan. Pasensya na kayo, kaya I feel for her. Mabait siya. Napaka-caring (I’m sorry, but the people elected me and I ranked number five. That’s why I feel for her. She’s nice and very caring),” he said adding that he believes they will have a good working relationship in the Senate in the 18th Congress.