- While other lawmakers have been making headlines, a netizen noticed that senator Bato dela Rosa has been missing in action.
- The hashtag #NasaanSiBato trended on Twitter.
Senators like Risa Hontiveros, Sherwin Gatchalian, Francis Pangilinan, and Manny Pacquiao have been actively participating in the issues surrounding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Philippines.
Other Senators like Bong Go and Bongbong Marcos are on quarantine as of this writing and Koko Pimentel, as well as Miguel Zubiri, are confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.
While most lawmakers are busy trying to aid the national government in handling the pandemic, one senator has been noticeably silent regarding the crisis on-hand.
A Twitter user noticed that Senator Bato de la Rosa has not been active and tweeted a joke in the form of breaking news. It said “BREAKING: Kinumpirma ng Malacañang na ang dating Philippine National Police Chief at ngayo’y senador na si Gen. Ronald ‘Bato’ de la Rosa ay buhay pa. Pero ang tanong ng publiko: Nasaan si Bato? Tumulong po tayo sa paghahanap. Use the hashtag: #NasaanSiBato.”
The hashtag #NasaanSiBato trended in the Philippines, as more and more netizens try to find him.
— Chai Fonacier (@bansheerabidcat) March 26, 2020
“When Pinas needed him the most, he vanished.”
When pinas needed him the most, he vanished.
21-Day Quarantine passed and the Filipinos found a senator. A man named Bato and altho his leadership skills arent great, he has a lot to learn, but I believe that he will never learn it. #NasaanSiBato pic.twitter.com/CMIMS67dQU
— muffled (@Gep_Jep) March 27, 2020
Another netizen stated that Bato is always present when it comes to gossiping but disappears in times of crisis.
When it comes to chismis BATO was always there but in time of crisis #NasaanSiBato
— ♕ Buknoy ♕ (@Daredevil1708) March 27, 2020
But not all share the same sentiments, some netizens said that she’d rather not hear from Bato at this point.
I'd rather not see and hear him during this time, baka mag-init lang lalo ulo natin. Wherever you are now sir, stay still, do some quick review about your role and separation of exec and leg powers, practice your plead for US visa application and install tiktok. #NasaanSiBato
— Habibi Z (@ZH0793) March 27, 2020
This is the best thing he ever did. Keeping his mouth shut. Don't look for him, we have enough dealing with everyone else in the senate #NasaanSiBato
— 틴틴 (@WINLIGHT13) March 27, 2020
Other people have also tweeted out their opinions.
Nagtatago kay DINGgong. HAHAHAHAHAHA pls appreciate my joke.☹️ #NasaanSiBato
Okay seriously, our dear senator is missing in action. He's nowhere to be found. Right when the Filipinos needs him the most, he vanished.
— Mallari, Angela Joy B. (@indeedaprincess) March 27, 2020
— this lad wants#MassTestingNow (@no_sht_sh3rl0ck) March 27, 2020
— Carissa0524 (@carissa0524) March 27, 2020
Senator Bato dela Rosa ranked 5th last 2019 Senatorial Elections with 19,004,225 votes.