Pimentel urges Robredo to correct 'palit-ulo' claim


Posted at Mar 20 2017 04:51 PM

Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel and Vice President Leni Robredo. Composite

MANILA - Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel on Monday urged Vice President Leni Robredo to rectify her supposed wrong statements about the government's anti-narcotics crackdown at a side event of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting. 

Robredo, in a video message to the side event "Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extrajudicial Killings in the Drug War" organized by the DRCNet Foundation, bared an alleged “palit-ulo” (swap heads) scheme, where authorities would take a family member instead in case the original person on the drug list cannot be found. 

Malacañang and the Philippine National Police said Robredo misunderstood the issue because while the palito-ulo scheme exists, this involves instead “a commitment of a drug suspect to provide assistance in the arrest of a ‘bigger fish’ in the illegal drug syndicate.” 

"I-correct natin lalo na if you're feeding an international organization with supposed to be facts and you misstated the facts. I-correct natin, wala namang problema -- may impeachment man o wala," Pimentel said. 

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has threatened to file an impeachment case against Robredo over her message to the UN body, which he said constitutes a betrayal of public trust. 

Robredo is set to discuss the palit-ulo scheme with the PNP, according to her spokesperson, Georgina Hernandez. 

The Vice President, Hernandez said, is also unfazed by the ouster threat against her. -- With reports from Zandro Ochona, DZMM and Jorge Cariño