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Dela Rosa sorry for misinterpreting Duterte’s nod on e-sabong suspension

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 10:17 AM March 08, 2022
Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa apologized on Tuesday as he might have misinterpreted President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand on e-sabong suspension.

THE BALL IS IN PAGCOR’S HANDS: Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, chairman of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, presides over on March 4, 2022, the continuation of a public inquiry into the rising number of missing persons allegedly involved in “sabong” (cockfighting) and “e-sabong” and other related incidents. Senate PRIB file photo / Voltaire F. Domingo

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa apologized on Tuesday as he might have misinterpreted President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand on e-sabong suspension.

“Let’s give him (Duterte) the benefit of  the doubt. Ako rin bigyan  rin nyo ako ng benefit of the doubt baka na misinterpret  ko yung pagkasabi ni Pangulong Duterte na: Sige, sige, sige,” Dela Rosa said over ABS-CBN’s Headstart.

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(Let’s give  him the benefit of  the doubt. Please also afford me the benefit of the doubt because I might have misinterpreted President Duterte when he said: Alright, alright, alright)

“So  pagbigyan natin sya kung ano talaga ang officially ang stand nya  to this issue. I may be wrong  in my interpretation…” he added.

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According to the senator, his reading of the President’s  remark on the issue was “pure speculation” and not Duterte’s official  statement.

“Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt,” Dela Rosa stressed. “Ako rin please afford me the  benefit of the doubt baka somehow nagkamali ako and I’m sorry,  I’m sorry nagkamali ako sa aking interpretation sa kanyang actions, kanyang verbal and non-verbal  actions…”

(Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. Please also afford me the benefit of the doubt because maybe somehow I was wrong   and I’m sorry, I’m sorry I was wrong with my interpretations of his actions, of his verbal and non-verbal actions.)

He nevertheless assured that he would not change his stand against e-sabong or online cockfighting.

Dela Rosa, who previously headed the national police force, said he still considers himself a law enforcer, and not a traditional politician or trapo.

“Basically my person is not a politician. I’m not a politician, I’m a law enforcer. Hanggang ngayon, yan pa rin ang utak ko sa law enforcement. Hindi pa ako gaanong politician na trapo, na pabago-bago ang stand  para lang  to gain the admiration of the voters,”  the senator added.

(Basically my person[ality] is not a politician. I’m not a politician, I’m a law enforcer. Until now, that’s my  mindset  in law enforcement.  I’m not yet a trapo who changes stand just to gain the admiration of voters.)

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Dela Rosa  is leading the probe on missing cockfighting enthusiasts being the chairman of the Senate  committee on public order and dangerous drugs.

During last week’s hearing,  Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. chairperson Andrea Domingo told the committee that Duterte denied  agreeing to suspend the operations of e-sabong.

This was contrary to Dela Rosa’s earlier claim that the President gave his nod to the suspension as proposed by the Senate  through a resolution  signed by 23 of 24 senators.

JPV

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