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‘Bato need not worry’: Lacson says Senate to train new members

MANILA — A veteran senator on Wednesday said neophytes who will make it in the “Magic 12” of the senatorial race will get training as they warm up to their new duties as lawmakers.

In a statement, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said new Senate members will be given lectures on their new job, as others before them had. 

“We will be meeting with the new members and give them some tips or lectures as was done to my batch in 2001,” Lacson said. 

Lacson made the statement in response to an interview of leading senatorial candidate Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, who admitted he was in need of training on how to craft laws.

“Mayroon bang seminar diyan o ano bang training diyan para matutunan ko ‘yung paano gawin ‘yung batas? Ano ba ang mga trabaho namin diyan sa Senado? Kung mayroong ganun, I will take that opportunity para matuto ako,” he said Tuesday night in an interview on CNN Philippines.

(Is there is a seminar or training where I could learn on how to make laws? What’s our work in the Senate? If there’s any, I will take that opportunity so I could learn.)

“Ano ba talaga ang trabaho ng senador? What do I need to prepare?” the administration-backed candidate told CNN. 

Aside from crafting laws, the Senate also performs an “oversight” function often through investigations “in aid of legislation.” Dela Rosa himself had faced such inquiries, including an investigation into government’s deadly drug war, even at one point crying in front of senators. 

Lacson said Dela Rosa “need not worry” as he would take him under his wing just like in “plebehood” or the initial training period for new members of the cadet corps. 

Lacson and Dela Rosa are both former national police chiefs and alumni of the Philippine Military Academy. 

“Bato need not worry. He will undergo another period of plebehood under my supervision since we are both in the majority bloc,” Lacson said. 

Dela Rosa was poised to take one of the seats in the upper chamber. 

As of 4:01 p.m. Wednesday, he was at the comfortable 5th spot of the Senate race after garnering 18,464,303 votes based on data from the Commission on Elections transparency server.

Dela Rosa served as President Rodrigo Duterte’s top cop in Davao City during his time as Mayor and was Malacañang’s chief enforcer of the anti-drug campaign when he was national police chief until he was appointed head of the corrections bureau. 

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