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

Mar 20, 2017 @ 21:29

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.

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  • Makabayan!

    She perceived the international community with wrong data and information regarding the real situation in the country against war on drugs.

  • marinduque

    Iba po kasi ang sitwasyon kapag ang isang opisyal ay galit kunyari sa fake news pero makikita na siya mismo ang nagpapalaganap ng fake news dahil freedom daw yun. Mas lalong masahol na hindi matanggap sa sarli na ang kredibilidad niya ay nasa pusali na

  • OYIE***

    When Vice President Robredo sent a video message to United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs she brazenly used and cited false and bloated figure of 7000 “summary execution.” As a Vice President and second highest officials of the land she could have verified the figures she got with PNP.

    Robredo falsely described “Palit Ulo” an intelligence strategy of the PNP where she falsely claimed that authorities would take a family member instead in case the original person on the drug list cannot be found. This is a blatant lie, the “Palit Ulo” strategy is a way to seek assistance from the drug personalities to squeal on a bigger fish in exchange of getting lighter charges.

    She claimed that the people were hopeless and helpless when in fact recent surveys proved that people are highly supportive on the government’s campaign against crime and illegal drugs. Truth be told, Duterte enjoys the highest satisfaction rating while the revesed can be said about Robredo whose legitimacy as vice president is now being questioned. The PET recently found probable cause to hear Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo.

    Because of Leni Robredo’s irresponsible and false statements maligning not only the national police but the whole country as well, the country is bound to lose billions of financial assistance and potential investments. With all these cited, it’s enough reasons to file an impeachment case against Leni Robredo for betraying public trust and for economic sabotage….

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