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Binay to Bato: Work of senator is about thinking before speaking, not about talking tough or parroting superior

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Former Vice President Jojo Binay has reminded Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to mind his words following the backlash from his “shit happens” comment about the recent death of a child in the war on drugs.

Binay, sharing his Manila Bulletin column on Facebook, said the “good senator” must comport himself according to the high standards of the office and realize that his words now carry weight.

The former VP did not name Dela Rosa in his article but was obviously referring to the former national police chief and corrections chief.

“The neophyte senator has barely warmed his seat. Perhaps it has not dawned on him that the work of a senator is about thinking before speaking. It is not about talking tough or parroting the mannerism of one’s superior. He needs to realize that his survival in office is no longer dependent on pleasing a superior. He is now beholden only to the people and the Constitution,” Binay said.

With the senator expected to head the Committee On Public Order And Illegal Drugs, Binay said he hopes he will “not defend the indefensible.”

“He should ferret out the truth, no matter how painful, and hold people accountable,” Binay said.

“And I hope that by now, the good senator realizes he should be careful with his words,” he added.

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