Bato hopes PBBM’s SONA will promise continuation of Duterte’s gains

Published July 23, 2022, 9:08 AM

by Mario Casayuran

Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa expressed hopes Saturday, July 23 that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. would announce that he would continue the gains of the previous Duterte administration during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Dela Rosa said he wanted President Marcos to state in his SONA on Monday, July 25 that the achievements of his predecessor, like the campaign against illegal drugs, criminality, and terrorism, among other accomplishments, would be continued under the latter’s administration.

“I hope na marinig ko na gusto niyang ipagpatuloy ang lahat ng gains na na-achieve ng ating previous administration (I hope to hear from President Marcos that he wants to continue the gains achieved by the previous administration)… lalong-lalo na dito sa problema natin sa droga, kriminalidad at terorismo (especially on the problem of drugs, criminality and terrorism). Sana tuloy-tuloy na dahil sayang ‘yung gains, lalong-lalo na ‘yung gains natin sa insurgency kung saan very successful ‘yung NTF-ELCAC (National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict), sa pagbuwag ng CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army)…(We hope that the gains would be continued, particularly by the NTF-ELCAC fighting the CPP-NPA),” Dela Rosa said.

“Sana marinig ko na talaga na didiinan niya para hindi na makabangon itong CPP-NPA at tuloy-tuloy nang magkakaroon tayo ng lasting, inclusive and sustainable peace na mangyayari sa buong bansa (I hope to hear him say he would strike down hard on the CPP-NPA so that they could not stand up, a situation that would lead to a lasting, inclusive and sustainable peace throughout the country),’’ Dela Rosa added.

Dela Rosa also encouraged everybody to listen to the Chief Executive’s legislative agenda, which he is expected to mention in his SONA.