Dela Rosa rejects destabilization moves: ‘Sira-ulo ang mag suporta’
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa vowed on Tuesday that he would not join any destabilization plot, saying only “fools” would support such a bold move.
“Paano naman kami susuporta, magsuporta yung partido ng destabilization effort?” Dela Rosa told reporters in an interview at the Senate.
(How can we support it? Is the party supporting the destabilization effort?)
Dela Rosa belongs to PDP-Laban being headed by former President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Magsuporta? Alam mo ang magsuporta sira-ulo, kung magsuporta man kayo. Sira-ulo ang mag suporta,” he stressed.
(Support it? You know, those who support that are foolish—if ever you support that. Only fools will support it)
It was Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. who earlier disclosed about the destabilization talks allegedly being hatched by some retired military officers.
A retired general himself, Dela Rosa expressed doubts that such a move would succeed.
“Mahirap nga mag launch ng destabilization kung nasa active [in service] ka pa, how much more kung retired ka na? Anong capability mo?” he said.
(It’s already difficult to launch a destabilization if you’re still active [in service], how much more if you’re already retired? What is your capability?”
“Kung retired ka na all you have are words of wisdom. Hanggang words of wisdom ka na lang pero wala ka ng capability na mag destab destab na yan,” the senator added.
(If you’re already retired, all you have are words of wisdom. You’re limited to just words of wisdom, but you no longer have the capability to destabilize.)
Dela Rosa also doubts whether retired military officers could still convince those in the active service to support a destabilization move since they are expected to follow the present leadership.
He nevertheless stressed that he would not take part in any destabilization efforts if reports were indeed true.
“Hindi ako sasali dyan. Hanap ka lang ng problema, hanap ka ng sakit ng ulo,” Dela Rosa said.
(I won’t join that. You’re just looking for problems, you’re just looking for a headache.)
The senator even warned retired generals against launching destabilization moves against the administration.