‘Bato’ hits critics questioning his intention to run for president

Published October 19, 2021, 9:54 AM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Presidential aspirant Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on Tuesday slammed critics questioning his purpose to run for president in the upcoming May 2022 elections saying only himself can judge his intention to vie for the top government post.

“Who are you to judge my intentions? It is only me na makakasagot niyan kung gusto ko ba or hindi) who can answer if I want to run or not. The mere fact that I filed my COC (certificate of candidacy) is an overt manifestation of my clear intention to be the president of this Republic,” Dela Rosa said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart.

Dela Rosa earlier disclosed that he only received the instruction from the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban) to file his COC hours before the deadline set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) last October 8.

The senator is running as the standard bearer of the PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, together with his running mate, Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go.

Dela Rosa reasoned out one doesn’t need to have a long-term intention before deciding to run for president.

“Bakit, ang intention ba kailangan long-term intention? Hindi tayo pwede makakabuo ng immediate intention (Why, does one need to have a long term intention before deciding to run? Can’t we come up with an immediate intention)?” the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief pointed out.

“Kinekwestyon nila yung aking (They are questioning my) bona fide intention to run for president dahil nga wala akong preparasyon (because I have no preparation). Yes, totoo yan hindi ako nagp-prepare pero ang intention ay malaking debate yan, hindi ako abogado pero very debatable issue ‘yan (Yes it’s true I wasn’t prepared but intention is a huge debate. I’m not a lawyer, but that’s a very debatable issue),” he added.

Dela Rosa also reiterated that he was not told he was going to be a placeholder for Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio when he was called by the PDP-Laban party leadership to run for president.

The lawmaker had earlier said he is willing to give way to the presidential daughter should she decide to run for president in next year’s polls under the PDP-Laban.