Dela Rosa shows up in Senate following call from colleagues to attend physically

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 1) - Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa tried to get himself off the hook as he showed up Monday in the Senate after his fellow senators asked him to attend physically.

Bato complied with the order of his colleagues and was one of the eight senators who were at the Senate’s session hall. Meanwhile, 15 others attended the session virtually.

He delivered sponsorship speeches on the two bills he co-authored: one on increasing the quota requirement of female cops, and one which modifies the height requirement for law enforcers.

Before he continued with his second sponsorship speech, Senate President Vicente Sotto III told him jokingly: “You work double time.”

Bato replied with a laugh, “Thank you, Mr. President. Quota na ako (I already reached my quota).

Sotto and some other senators asked Dela Rosa to physically go back to work in the chamber after his remark last week drew the ire of netizens.

Bato, who was attending sessions and hearings via video call, was heard saying, “Ang sarap ng buhay! Sana ganito na lang tayo palagi”, after the Senate adjourned its session early on Tuesday last week.

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

The Congress will have its last day of sessions on Wednesday (June 3) as it goes on a break.