Dela Rosa feels 'bothered' over VFA cancellation

Dela Rosa feels 'bothered' over VFA cancellation




President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s ally since their Davao days, Senator Ronald “Bato” Del Rosa is feeling the heat in the recent decision of the President terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States(US).

"Medyo bothered din ako kahit papaano dahil parang lumalabas na I am the reason of it all, lalo na sa mga tao na di makaintindi. They are there to crucify you," said Dela Rosa, an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte whose US visa cancellation prompted the country's top official to order the VFA termination.


("I am somehow a bit bothered because it appears that I am the reason of it all, especially to people who don't seem to understand.)
Senator Ronald “Bato” Del Rosa
(photo credit to owner)

Dela Rosa said in another interview that his US visa was cancelled and that no explanation was given, and this was the same news that triggered the President to revoke the VFA between the two countries.

"'Di masabi na knee-jerk reaction kasi matagal na niya pinag-isipan. So, mahirap na mabago ang desisyon pag matagal na nya pinag-isipan," he said.
("It can't be said as a knee-jerk reaction because he has long thought about this already. So, it's really difficult to change that decision.")


"It was an accummulation of mga disrespect na ginawa ng kabila dito sa atin. So, yun na ang nangyari," added the senator who was the first national police chief appointee of Duterte.
("It was an accumulation of the display of disrespect by the other party to us. That's what happened.")

No reason was given to Dela Rosa as to why his Visa was cancelled, but it might be the fact that he was the Philippine National Police (PNP) head when Oplan Tokhang was implemented.

"Sabi nga nila (As they say), it's better to have a Philippines be run like hell by Filipinos than run like heaven by Americans," Dela Rosa said.


"In Tagalog, mas mabuti na yung bansang Pilipinas na kalat-kalat ang patakbo, pero Filipino ang nagpapatakbo, kaysa yung Pilipinas na maganda ang takbo pero pinapakialam ng mga hindi Filipino o banyaga," he said.
("In Tagalog, it's better for the Philippine nation to be run like hell by Filipinos, than having a well-governed Philippines that's constantly meddled into by non-Filipinos or foreigners.") 
"'Di ko sinasabi na nagkakalat tayo ngayon. Basta tayo, we take care of our future. We take charge of our own destiny. Let us not depend on them," he added.
("I'm not saying that we are running like hell now. We just take care of our future. We take charge of our own destiny. Let us not depend on them.")




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