President vows to sustain drive vs drugs, corruption
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 9:30
"VP Robredo debased her office and herself by betraying the trust of our people".
In unison, protesters chanted, "Leni, Leni umalis ka na!".
In a press conference at the Davao International Airport yesterday, Duterte said he could not be stopped from pursuing his drug war despite the impeachment complaint filed against him by the Magdalo party-list and efforts to hale him before the ICC.
Calida issued the statement after learning of Robredo's video message to the United Nations, where she criticized President Duterte's war on drugs and claimed more than 7,000 victims of extrajudicial killings by policemen and vigilantes without presenting proof.
Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr believes that if Alvarez pushes through with his plan, the impeachment complaint "will end up as a dud".
Sen. Lacson said the Vice President did not bother to mention that there were police personnel killed and injured in the same drug war. But let it not be said that I did not fulfill my challenges.
The Philippine National Police said Wednesday that Robredo should give specific instances of these alleged abuses so that these could be investigated.
Opposition lawmakers slammed the plan of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to file an impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo, questioning his motives and the basis for such a complaint.
Borden said he could provide further documentation of the UN's scheduling process for his group's event, contact information for Rep. Blumenauer's office, past statements by USA senators expressing concern over the Philippines' war on drugs, and discussions on possible restrictions on US aid to the Philippines because of the growing number of cases of extrajudicial killings and other related information as needed.
The worldwide anti-drug group that released Vice President Leni Robredo's controversial video denied that the video's release was meant to coincide with the impeachment complaint filed against President Rodrigo Duterte.
"We need this impeachment complaint like a hole in the head".
Data from the PNP stated that there were only 2,582 killed in legitimate drug operations while the remaining 4,049 were deaths under investigation.
Duterte also washed his hands off "Naga Leaks", an anonymous blog written by a group called "We Are Collective", which accuses the Vice President's late husband, former Interior and Local Government secretary Jesse Robredo, of coddling drug and gambling lords when he was Naga City mayor. "She should correct it", Lacson said on his Twitter account.
He clarified that he had no agenda except "fairness based on facts". "We owe it to the 28 PNP and AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) personnel killed and 86 wounded in action as of Jan 28, 2017", he added.
The senator, meanwhile, pointed out that Robredo's party mates in the Liberal Party were apparently using her and leading her to her downfall.
"I will not be surprised if she is there. Sayang (What a waste)", Lacson said.
Alvarez said Robredo's video message constitutes a "betrayal of public trust", a view shared also by Solicitor General Jose Calida.
Lopez said Robredo "wantonly painted an impossibly grim image of the Philippine situation if only to attract global attention and action with unfounded claims and unsubstantiated allegations".
She said the summary killings have long attracted worldwide attention.