Duterte hid nothing from sacked drug war chief Robredo: Panelo
President Rodrigo Duterte has nothing to hide from Vice President Leni Robredo, whom he fired last week as leader of his anti-narcotics drive, his spokesperson said Thursday.
Robredo earlier asked what Duterte feared she would discover during her 18-day stint as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). She also said she would soon report on what she discovered about the drug war and her recommendations.
"Kaya mo natuklasan iyan, whatever that is, e kasi may access ka na nga sa loob," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said of Robredo's supposed discoveries.
"Kaya ka nga pinapasok para makita mong walang itinatago sa 'yo," he added.
(You discovered that, whatever that is, because you had access inside the drug war. You were allowed to enter so you could see that nothing is being hidden from you.)
Duterte, he said, lost trust with Robredo and fired her due to various "missteps", including her failure to present her drug plan to him and her meeting with officials of the United Nations, which "already pre-judged the war on drugs."
Robredo should have resigned from ICAD after Duterte remarked that he did not trust her, said Panelo.
"When there's a mistrust to you as an appointee, delicadeza (sense of propriety) requires you to submit resignation" he said.
Human rights groups accuse the police of systematic executions and cover-ups in its drug war, which the government rejects.
The UN Human Rights Council in July approved a resolution to investigate the anti-narcotics drive, while the International Criminal Court is conducting a preliminary examination of allegations of crimes against humanity. The government accuses both bodies of bias and interference. — With a report from Reuters
ANC, Nov. 28, 2019