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‘Di dapat laging kampi kay Duterte! Bato gets schooled by colleagues over majority bloc’s loss in VFA reso

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Veteran lawmakers rebuffed Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa Tuesday (March 3) after he expressed frustration over the majority bloc’s loss as the Senate adopted a resolution on the Visiting Forces Agreement’s (VFA) termination.

The resolution was adopted by the Senate Monday (March 2) with 12 senators in favor of it, while seven abstained. No one opposed the measure.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon expressed sadness that the Senate “could not even get a unanimous vote…even on just a simple resolution.”

Dela Rosa, a neophyte senator, shot back: “So pasalamat sana si minority leader…he is from the minority group but he got the majority vote. So dapat nagpasalamat siya doon.”

The former national police chief’s colleagues disagreed with his view. Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said a “conscience vote is needed” on certain bills and issues.

“I’ve been In the Senate for over six years and Congress since 1998. On these issues you want to be a statesman, you want to protect the institution you represent. There are issues that we need to protect these institutions; to assert our right as a co-equal branch of government and where we could stand above the fray, ika nga,” he said.

Senator Panfilo Lacson said his vote for the adoption of the resolution does not mean he is not allied with President Rodrigo Duterte.

“I voted not against the President. I voted for the institution where I belong called the Senate of the Philippines. So that’s also my explanation of my vote,” Lacson said.

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