Mas bumilib ngayon ang ilang kilalang pro-administration at senador kay dating Philippine National Police (PNP) chief at senatorial aspirant Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa sa ipinakita nitong performance sa katatapos na debate sa CNN Philippines.
Ayon kay Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, mag-isang giniba ni Dela Rosa ang mga senatorial candidate ng Otso Diretso.
“Watching Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa single-handedly and gamely taking on Otso Diretso (minus 2) candidates on a number of issues makes me stop wondering why he consistently ranks high in the senatorial surveys,” saad ni Lacson sa kanyang Twitter account.
Para naman sa beteranong journalist na si Jay Sonza, nag mukhang eng-eng raw ang mga kandidato ng oposisyon dahil sa mga banat ni Dela Rosa.
“Nagmukhang tanga lang ang kandidato ng Otso Diretso sa senatorial debate ng CNN. nilampaso sila ni Bato Dela Rosa sa isyu ng Chinese workers at war on drugs,” ani Sonza.
Pinuri din ni former ambassador Rigoberto “Bobi” Tiglao ang pagtindig ni Dela Rosa laban sa senatoriables ng oposisyon.
“Brilliant move. Duterte’s candidates were clever to just let Bato debate with the Otso Inidoros. Bato single-handedly made all of the seven present there look stupid and ignorant. The former police chief showed he could debate with the inidoros on any issue. Mga bobo to fall for the trap of this ‘debate’,” saad ni Tiglao.
Ayon naman kay Manny Castañeda, noong una raw ay hindi siya sigurado kay Dela Rosa pero matapos ang senatorial debate ay nakuha daw ni dating PNP chief ang kanyang boto.
“At first I was unsure of Bato for the Senate but after his performance at the CNN debate, he has won my admiration and my vote as well. Unlike many candidates who obviously performed to impress, Bato was sincere and spoke not only from experience but also from the heart. No attempt at intellectual discourse, no pretentiousness, but stood as himself – a human being. I just hope that when he does make it to the senate, if he is able to maintain his present disposition and not morph into a despicable political monster like many of those who eventually had become a traditional politician,” sabi ni Castañeda.