Pia blasts 'Bato' critics: Quit being smart alecks

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Posted at May 21 2019 09:49 AM | Updated as of May 21 2019 10:04 AM

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MANILA - Taguig Rep. Pia Cayetano who is poised to get a seat in the Senate has gamely volunteered to train former police and corrections chief Ronald Dela Rosa on lawmaking.

"I was gonna say one-on-one kita kasi I love talking about the law. One of my frustrations is to be a law professor," Cayetano said in an interview on ANC's Headstart on Tuesday.

Cayetano defended Dela Rosa after netizens began attacking him for admitting to not knowing about the work that senators do in the Senate.

"Quit being smart alecks. People on social media, you think you know it all? We don't. That is why people love Bato, people love the President because they are so candid. Bato freaking has a masters in business ad and PhD--bow ako sa iyo--but he conducts himself so candidly. He's one of the most humble persons I know so when he asks for a seminar, I didn't think twice about it. Magvo-volunteer ako," she said.

She added: "Do you want all your senators to be lawyers? Good luck to us...You don't want that."

Dela Rosa, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy is holder of a master's degree in public administration and a doctorate in development administration from the University of Southern Philippines.

In a previous interview, Dela Rosa said there is nothing wrong about admitting to his limitations and in seeking ways to improve himself to become an effective legislator.

"Someone with masters and PhD obviously have so much absorptive capacity to learn many things," Cayetano added.

Dela Rosa remained on the top five of senatorial bets with the most number of votes garnered at 18,805,908, as of 7 p.m. Monday. 

Cayetano, who also belongs in the top five with 19,635,613 votes, said she would like to see people like Dela Rosa to actually attend seminars for new neophyte senators.

"Because from what I recall, hindi nag-aattend ng seminar ang mga tao. Ang mag-aattend mga staff nila. Kaya magagaling staff namin," she said.

Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson earlier said he’d take Dela Rosa 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.