Bato decries trolls

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin – Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial candidate Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa yesterday slammed the trolls  for nitpicking on his watch and pants saying he can afford what he was wearing.

Campaigning here, Dela Rosa told the audience that he had a P14 million retirement pay when he ended his stint as Police Director of the Philippine National Police.

Internet trolls criticized him for wearing a G-shock watch worth P9,000 and Armani jeans when he joined the senatorial debate hosted by CNN Philippines over the weekend.

Dela Rosa said the internet trolls are trying to impute malice in what the candidates are wearing and presumed they are expensive items.

At yesterday’s campaign sortie, Dela Rosa said in Bisaya that he was wearing a watch worth P35,000 compared to the P9,000 watch the trolls took him to task for.

Meanwhile, Dela Rosa also took pride in the senatorial debate where he gave his opinion on certain issues along with other senatorial candidates.

While he was ganged up on by the opposition bets, he was able to defend President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

Other administration candidates present during the forum were Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito and former Interior Secretary Raffy Alunan.

Dela Rosa was also hailed for his stand on the China debt trap, braving the debate against the Otso Diretso candidates.

Even HNP Chairperson Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte hailed dela Rosa over his response to national issues saying he could be the next President.

“We are happy with General Bato’s performance during the debate and what I said to him a while ago, because of his performance in the debate, he could be the next president of the country,” Mayor Duterte said in an interview after the sortie here.

Earlier, Senator Panfilo Lacson also praised the former police chief on his performance explaining that Dela Rosa’s fearless character is the reason why he consistently ranks high in surveys.

“Watching Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa single-handedly and gamely taking on Otso Diretso (minus two) candidates on a number of issues makes me stop wondering why he consistently ranks high in the senatorial surveys,” Lacson said.