MANILA — Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday described as “inaccurate” Vice President Leni Robredo’s video message delivered to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs criticizing the administration's war on illegal drugs.
Lacson said it was wrong for Robredo to say that all 7,000 deaths linked to the administration’s war on illegal drugs were cases of summary executions, since about 2,500 of those were from “legitimate” police operations.
“Ang isa kong napansin agad dun hindi accurate, hindi totoo sa madaling sabi nga,” Lacson said.
(What I noticed immediately is that it is inaccurate. It is not true.)
Lacson, who also chairs the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, said Robredo should have checked her facts before sending a message to an international body such as the UN.
“Dapat siguraduhin mo na, kapag ikaw nagre-report sa isang international body na lalo pa nga at United Nations ito, huwag mo lahatin na yung 7,000 mahigit as of July 2016 hannggang February ay napatay sa pamamagitan ng summary execution. Mali talaga yun,” Lacson said.
(When you report to an international body especially the United Nations, you should not assume that all 7,000 killed from July 2016 up to February this year are summary executions. That is really wrong.)
Lacson said the decision to release the message and its timing were not well thought out since it suggests she has links to alleged plans to impeach President Rodrigo Duterte.
“It is not advisable for her to convey that message in that video message to the United Nations kasi hindi maaalis na mapag-iisipan siya na nakikihalo siya, ke-totoo o hindi, yung destabilization na hinala na nga ng administrasyon,” he said.
(People can't avoid thinking that, whether it's true or not, she's associated with a destabilization plot that the administration is accusing her of.)
Robredo's camp has denied working with Duterte's rivals to claim the presidency, saying it is not part of the vice president's plan.
Georgina Hernandez, spokesperson of Robredo also said that nothing in the vice president's video message showed betrayal of public trust.