Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa appealed to the public to “reject the candidates who are blocking the projects of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).”
“Kahit huwag niyo na akong piliin, huwag niyo na akong ire-elect as a senator. Basta ang importante lang huwag niyong piliin ‘yung mga kandidato pagkasenador na humaharang dito sa mga project ng NTF-ELCAC kasi para sa mga kababayan natin ito eh,” Dela Rosa said.
The legislator advised this to voters following attempts made by fellow lawmakers to block the approval of the P10-billion NTF-ELCAC budget in Congress.
The budget was reduced to half but was eventually restored in the bicameral conference committee meeting.
“‘Yung mga umaayaw, ‘yung iba meron talagang leaning sa kaliwa na ayaw talaga nilang mawala ‘yang problema na ‘yan.”
“‘Yung mga umaayaw, ‘yung iba meron talagang leaning sa kaliwa na ayaw talaga nilang mawala ‘yang problema na ‘yan,” the senator said.
“Parang pinagkukunan pa nila ng lakas ‘yang pekeng idolohiya na ‘yan,” he added.
The NTF-ELCAC employs a whole-of-nation approach to end communism and institute peace-building initiatives.
It was created by Executive Order No. 70 in December 2018.