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VERA FILES FACT CHECK: ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa contradicts Duterte’s statements on ‘killing communists’

Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa says former president Rodrigo Duterte used figure of speech when he threatened to kill ACT Party-list Rep. France Castro, whom the former baselessly accused as one of the communists in Congress.

Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa 10/13/2023 False

Dela Rosa’s statement runs counter to Duterte’s past pronouncements about his apparent “kill, kill, kill” policy involving alleged communists and drug suspects.

In a phone interview with Senate reporters on Oct. 13, Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa belied allegations that former president Rodrigo Duterte was threatening  ACT Party-list Rep. France Castro, whom Duterte baselessly accused as a “communist” in Congress that “he wanted to kill.”

Dela Rosa’s explanation of Duterte’s statement runs counter to past pronouncements of the former president. Watch this:

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