Several netizens defended incoming Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa for admitting that he’s not yet knowledgable in making laws.
Yesterday, Bato told CNN Philippines that he’s willing to take “seminars” to learn how a lawmaking works which made him criticized by some social media users.
However, some netizens understand that Bato is only being “honest” like Doi Lao, who said that people who poked fun with Bato are showing their “elitist” attitude.
In a post, Doi Lao also mentioned the educational background of Dela Rosa.
Here we go again. I am not for Bato but this totally makes sense. Just saw posts again making fun of the soon to be Senator. The same people criticizing and poking fun at him are the same self-proclaimed Intellectual Elitist!
At least this Guy is honest enough to learn more. Remember, skills and knowledge can be taught, but not wisdom and attitude.
PS: He earned a Masters of Public Administration degree in 1998 and a Ph.D. in development administration in 2006 from the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City. At least…Kaw ba?
MJ Quiambao Reyes, a pro-Duterte blogger defended Bato from the criticisms of former assistant Spokesperson Abi Valte.
She pointed out that other countries which is more progressive than the Philippines got lawmakers who are not lawyers at all.
Reyes also said that Dela Rosa showed his “intelligent” side for being humble and asking to learn more.
This is what she wrote:
Don’t you know that in Singapore, Germany, China, & some other countries, many of their great legislators & gov’t officials are non-lawyers?
Don’t you also know that (now) Senator Bato Dela Rosa is a PMA graduate, has a Masters degree in Public Administration, and a Ph.D. in Development Administration?
Don’t you also get what Plato meant when he said, “An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers”?
Intelligent people are often always full of doubts, are humble, and are always yearning to learn more. Perhaps, that’s just something difficult for you to understand.
Unlike you, I’m no lawyer and I do not consider myself “intelligent” or more knowledgeable than most people. But, I bet I can beat you in any test, any time–be that Law, Math, Science, Humanities, Communications, Business, PE, Home Economics, and GMRC!
(Di lahat ng magaling ay mayabang! Tamo ako, paminsan minsan lang– pag nati-trigger ng mga matapobre at mapagmalaki. )
Krizette Laureta Chu, another Pro-Duterte blogger also tried to compare Dela Rosa to former President Noynoy Aquino, claiming that the former Chief Executive didn’t make any laws for 12 years and didn’t try to improve himself in lawmaking.
“Kaya pala yung amo mong si Noynoy, walang nagawang batas sa 12 years niyang pagiging Senator no? Kasi walang alam. Tapos hindi lang walang alam, never nangarap mag improve.” Chu said in her post.
“Taas ng standards teh? High achieving government and President mo teh? Nahiya naman kami sa best government ever na nanilbihan sa Amin teh?” she added.
Bato also found some defenders on Twitter.
“I see a lot of yellows bashing Bato for wanting to attend seminars on lawmaking. Remind me again: how many laws were principally authored by Noynoy Aquino?” @IAmDavidYapII said.
“Loren Legarda became a Senator from being a journalist right? Did she have prior experience? The only thing Bato did was, to be honest, that he does not know how to be a Senator yet as it is his 1st time being one and you lambast him for that?” @silently_read tweeted.
Loren Legarda became a Senator from being a journalist right? Did she have prior experience? The only thing Bato did was to be honest that he does not know how to be a Senator yet as it is his 1st time being one and you lambast him for that?
— LAV (@Silently_Read) May 14, 2019
“Congratulations Senator Bato! The first step to becoming an honest politician is to admit your weaknesses. Now you are strong!” @roberose77 remarked.
Congratulations Senator Bato! First step to become an honest politician is to admit your weaknesses. Now you are strong ❤️
— Roby Rose (@RobeRose77) May 14, 2019