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It’s free speech! Recto says Robredo didn’t commit betrayal of public trust in UN speech

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Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has come to the defense of his party mate, Vice President Leni Robredo, amid threats of her impeachment over her criticism of the government’s war on drugs.

While he is now with the majority bloc, Recto shared the view of his colleagues from the Liberal Party that Robredo’s remarks to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs cannot be used to impeach her.

“Wala akong nakikitang betrayal of public trust as far as the video message is concerned, you know. Number one, it is part of democracy to criticize government policy so I don’t see any betrayal of public trust there,” he told reporters Monday (March 20).

In her video message, Robredo said over 7,000 have been killed in “summary executions” which occurred in the course of the government’s war on drugs.

Her remarks prompted House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to announce that he is considering filing an impeachment case against her.

Like Recto, LP members Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, and Senators Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino, and Kiko Pangilinan said Robredo’s speech only shows democracy is alive in the Philippines.