Incoming Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa expressed his happiness after winning the 2019 senatorial elections.
Bato who reached the top 5 of the unofficial tally of Commission on Elections said that he couldn’t believe that he can get a position in the national government.
In an interview with GMA News, Dela Rosa said that he thought that his public service would end as a police officer, but now he got elected as a Senator of the Republic.
He also shared that he’s still not talking to the President.
“Nagpapasalamat ako na naniniwala ang taong bayan sa atin, pwede pala tayong maging Senador,” Dela Rosa said.
“Akala ko hanggang pulis lang ako, pwede pala akong maging Senador,” he added.
Dela Rosa expressed his sympathy to the defeated senatorial candidates saying that he can understand how hard to convince the people to vote for them.
“Pwede kong sabihin sa kanila na better luck next time, after three years pwede namang tumakbo ulit diba,” he said.
The former PNP Chief said that he didn’t rely on the survey numbers, saying that he realized that he might win the election after he saw the support of the people during his travels around the Philippines.
Bato vowed to in reimposing the capital punishment and he’s going to promote the peace and order to attract more investors that could produce more jobs to the people.
He also said that he would become a “supportive” senator to the administration, but it would not reach the point that he would allow himself to be dictated by the executive branch of the government.
“Ako’y tumatakbo para suportahan si Pangulong Duterte, pero malaking pagkakaiba ng isang Senador na very cooperative at very supportive sa Malacanang kumpara sa isang Senador na under the dictates of Malacanang,” he said.
“Doon po ako sa una, sa cooperative at supportive, hindi ako magpapadikta sa Malacanang,” he added.
Bato reached more than 18-M votes which secured his seat in the Senate.