Sen. Bato dela Rosa gets flashy with 20 bills, and a 'Seikopatik' watch

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Then Philippine National Police chief Ronald
FILE PHOTO: Then Philippine National Police chief Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa cries while answering questions, during a joint hearing session of the committee on public order and dangerous drugs and the committee on justice and human rights, at Senate headquarters in Pasay city, metro Manila, Philippines November 23, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, an ally of former President Rodrigo Duterte in the Senate, has once again pushed for controversial bills in the 19th Congress on Tuesday (July 5).

Dela Rosa filed his top 20 priority measures including the imposition of death penalty and the systemizing of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

Death penalty against drug traffickers

Dela Rosa wants to impose death penalty on convicted large-scale drug traffickers.

Thousands have already died in the bloody drug war, mostly small-time and dealers through the alleged extrajudicial killings executed by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Senator Bong Go, another Duterte ally and his former special assistant, has also indicated his plan to file a measure for the death penalty along with dela Rosa, proposing that it be imposed on drug and plunder convicts.

Institutionalizing of NTF-ELCAC

Duterte’s henchman is also seeking the passage of his ELCAC Act which aims to institutionalize Executive Order (EO) No. 70 or the NTF-ELCAC – a task force which has red-tagged and profiled individuals and civilians.

“Just institutionalizing ELCAC through legislation so that there will be continuity of the program despite changes in the national leadership,” Dela Rosa said.

Some senators had earlier proposed to defund the task force and reallocate its P19-billion budget to fund assistance to pandemic-hit Filipinos.

Senate Secretary Atty. Myra Marie Villarica, citing Section 61 of the rules of the Senate, said all bills and resolutions shall be filed with the Office of the Secretary whether the Senate is in session or not.

The reception of the proposed legislative measures would be through manual or physical filing at the Legislative Bills and Index Service as the 19th Congress commenced at noon of June 30.

Villarica said each senator may file 10 proposed legislative measures, while the sequence of filing shall be in accordance with the principle of seniority in the Senate.

Other priority measures

Among dela Rosa’s other bills are:

  • ROTC Act of 2022

  • the amendment to the party-list system Act

  • drug abuse prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation, anti-drug abuse council law

  • Philippine National Police revitalization and Capability Enhancement Act

  • Repeal of Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016

  • Filipino Farmer Financial Assistance Program Act, and

  • Special Defense Economic Zone Act of 2022.

  • Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card Registration Act

  • Toda Act

  • rank classification of Bureau of Fire Protection and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology

  • Distance Incentive Allowance for Public School Teachers Act

  • Private Health Workers Incentives and Benefits Act

  • Barangay Health Workers Act

  • Security of Tenure for Casual and Contractual Government Employees

  • Law Enforcement Body-worn Camera Act, CCTV Act of 2022 and

  • Disaster Resilience Act of 2022.

On Tuesday, Watch Spotter PH, an Instagram page about celebrity watches, posted a photo of dela Rosa with his watch which they said was a limited edition Patek Tiffany & Co. The page previously said it was worth P357 million.

To date, the post has been edited and mentions that dela Rosa was wearing a "SEIKO MOD to look like a Patek Tiffany & Co."

According to Tiffany & Co.'s website, they created the limited-edition series of Ref. 5711/1A-018 Nautilus wristwatches in steel endowed with dials in the famous Tiffany Blue® to commemorate their long-lasting partnership with Patek Philippe.

Tiffany & Co. said a limited quantity of 170 units will be available exclusively at their stores.

The former top cop, who apparently baited the "crazy gossips", denied the earlier claim saying that he’s only wearing a Seiko watch costing only P14,000.

“To all the crazy gossips out there, I fooled you! You turned my Seikopatik [a play on the word Patek] that cost P14k into a Patek Philippe that costs 360 [million] PHP,” dela Rosa posted in Filipino.

The senator also replied to a Philippine-based gossip page "Senyora" who asked if there's controversy on the watch.

"'Yang relo na yan ay kinopya ng Seiko from Patek Philippe Tiffany blue na nagkakahalaga ng 6.5m dlrs at wala ka pang mabili dahil limited edition. May umuwi galing japan na dala dala yan at ibinenta sa akin sa halagang 14k. Heto na ngayon kumagat ang mga intrigero. Swak sila," Bato wrote in Filipino.

("That watch was copied by Seiko from Patek Philippe Tiffany blue which costs 6.5m dlrs and you haven't bought anything yet because it's a limited edition. Someone came home from Japan with it and sold it to me for 14k. Here now the intriguers bite.")

UPDATED: The last nine paragraphs with additional information for context and clarification.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings.

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