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Kung walang tinatago, bakit defensive? VP Robredo says it’s ‘shameful’ other countries more concerned re: PH drug war deaths

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Vice President Leni Robredo thinks it is “shameful” that the killings done in the conduct of the administration’s drug war worries other countries more than Filipino leaders.

Robredo, in her weekly radio program on Sunday (July 7, 2019), said it was “devastating” that the Philippines is already being called out in the international community for thousands of drug war deaths, along with conflict-torn countries with high cases of human rights violation.

“Pero dito sa atin, parang ang nababahala yata kaunting-kaunti lang. Parang business as usual para sa lahat, kahit ang daming patayan na nangyayari, parang wala lang. Nakakahiya naman yata na iba pa iyong nakapansin, iba pa iyong nagmamalasakit, iba pa iyong nababahala,” she said.

If there is nothing to hide, Robredo said the administration should be open to any investigation on its conduct of anti-drug drive.

“Parang iyong reaksyon kasi natin kakaiba. Halimbawa, kapag inakusahan ka na hindi naman totoo, ang human nature nagdidikta na ipapakita mo na hindi totoo iyong accusation. Pero ito, parang inakusahan ka, imbes na ipakita natin na hindi totoo iyong accusation, sasabihin natin na, ‘Huwag mo kaming pakialaman’,” she said.

The Vice President also lamented that most Filipino officials—both local and national—have become desensitized with the deaths happening in different parts of the country.

“Marami tayong opisyal—hindi lang national officials, kahit iyong local—parang wala lang nangyayari. Parang namamanhid na sa mga nangyayari sa paligid,” she said.

Twenty-eight nations signed last Thursday the draft resolution urging the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate the human rights situation in the Philippines amid the alarming rise of drug war deaths in the country.

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