Amidst public clamor to put an end to the controversial National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), Senator and former presidential aspirant Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has drawn flak from Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, for calling those who oppose the task force “bwisit”.
The NTF-ELCAC has been heavily criticized for falsely accusing numerous activist groups, private citizens, and even celebrities of being communist supporters: an act known as Red-tagging.
With the questionable track record the NTF-ELCAC has set for itself, the Senate committee on finance recently saw fit to reduce the agency’s budget for next year from a whopping P28 billion down to P4 billion.
Many have commented on the action as a more sensible distribution of finances as some of the redirected funds would be used for the country’s Covid19 pandemic efforts instead.
Following these, Dela Rosa made his now controversial comment during a radio interview wherein he defended the NTF-ELCAC’s existence and said those that opposed it and wanted it shut down were “bwisit”.
Drilon did not take kindly to Dela Rosa’s remark, saying that it was behavior unbecoming of a senator.
“Stop the name-calling. It will not get us anywhere. It is an insult to the senators and the institution we belong to. Let’s stick to the issue” Drilon stated.
In a separate radio interview, the Senate Minority Leader said that while he does oppose the NTF-ELCAC, any differing opinions on the matter should be discussed properly rather than be taken personally.
He added further that, unlike Dela Rosa’s belief that the task force issue is merely a political matter, it in fact has everything to do with properly utilizing tax-payer money for things that they would actually benefit from.
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