MANILA — Sen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa should "find another job" so he could sympathize with ordinary Filipinos, a youth party-list said Friday, after he told 11,000 ABS-CBN Corp. workers to just look for new jobs if the network fails to get a fresh license.
Dela Rosa is "divorced from reality" and "blatantly ignores the fact that the unemployment rate is at a record high," said the Kabataan Party-list.
Aside from his comments on ABS-CBN, the group cited how the senator in May remarked, "Sarap ng buhay! Ganito na lang tayo palagi ah!"
The lawmaker was then commenting on how the Senate's sessions held online were more efficient. He was later asked to attend the sessions physically.
"His pronouncements only show how unfit he is for the job as a legislator. We suggest that Bato give himself a reality check and find another job. This way he can better understand the plight of ordinary citizens," the group said in a statement.
In comments on Thursday, Dela Rosa had said: "Hanap ng ibang trabaho para mabuhay at magsumikap. May ibang paraan pa naman siguro para mabuhay tayo."
(Just find other jobs to survive and work hard. There are other ways on how we can survive.)
"Alangan namang sabihin ko sa kanila na maghimagsik kayo? Hindi naman puwede 'yun," he said in an online press conference.
(It's not like I can tell them to revolt? We can't do that.)
The House franchise committee is expected to vote on Friday on whether or not to grant ABS-CBN a fresh franchise after 12 marathon hearings that lasted about 100 hours.
"Despite being cleared from every alleged violation thrown against it, ABS-CBN is now at the mercy of the Duterte-backed House of Representatives," said the Kabataan party-list.
"In a time where the life, liberty, and livelihood of thousands of people are at risk, such foolish callousness from this administration becomes all the more unacceptable," it added.
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