'Mahirap na ang buhay:' Senators tell Dela Rosa to attend session physically

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 27) — Life may have just become harder for Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa who is being asked by his fellow senators to attend next Monday’s session physically after he drew flak on social media for exclaiming a sigh of relief after a recent session ended early.

“There is a directive being ordered by Senator [Ping] Lacson, [Francis] Tolentino, [Win] Gatchalian and myself,” Senate President Tito Sotto said Wednesday. “We are hereby directing Senator Bato dela Rosa to attend the session on Monday physically because he’s becoming very popular in social media.”

Sotto also jokingly said that this is also for Dela Rosa to enjoy Lacson’s birthday merienda on Monday.

Dela Rosa said he will comply with the order.

The Senate adjourned its session early on Tuesday, prompting Dela Rosa to exclaim, “Ang sarap ng buhay! Sana ganito na lang tayo palagi.

[Translation: This is a good life! I wish we were always like this.]

The comment drew the ire of netizens, who said it was insensitive for Dela Rosa to have made such a comment in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Senate earlier amended its rules to allow senators to attend sessions through teleconferencing during emergencies, as determined by the body.

The chamber has since been conducting hybrid proceedings, with some senators being physically present in the session hall, while most of them attend through video chat.

And on Monday, Dela Rosa might just be one of the senators physically present in the session hall.

Mahirap na ang buhay kasi hanggang alas-10 na siya sa Senado,” Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri quipped.

[Translation: Life would be hard now for him because he would be staying in the Senate until 10 p.m.]