VACC mulls disbarment rap vs VP Robredo
Posted: 2017-Mar-21 12.00.02 UTC+0800
MANILA — The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Monday said they are looking into the possibility of filing a disbarment case against Vice President Len Robredo over the latter's video to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs where she criticized the conduct of the administration's anti-drug campaign.
"VACC lawyers studying disbarment raps regarding UN statement which is deceiving on the stats on 'palit-ulo' and state-sanctioned extra judicial killing refuted by both PNP and NBI," VACC founding chairman Dante Jimenez said in a press conference.
Jimenez also condemned as a "despicable act of treachery," "un-Filipino," "unpatriotic" and a "serious breach of trust against the Filipino people" the act of the Vice President in blatantly bringing before the international community unfounded allegations against human rights in connection with the Philippine government's war against illegal drugs.
Robredo, in a six-minute video sent to the 60th United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria, mentioned of the more than 7,000 people killed under the war on drugs of the Duterte administration. She also mentioned about the so-called "palit-ulo" or literally, exchange heads and other very serious allegations.
The video was played last March 16 at the "Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extra Judicial Killings in the Drug War."
"With hearsay information, she is vilifying before the world her government to which she was sworn to protect as elected Vice President," Jimenez said.
"She is ruthlessly shaming before the global community the President she is mandated to serve as his VP. She is recklessly destroying the image of her own country with unverified charges. In the process, she is also pulling down Filipinos. This is a treacherous act and as an elected public official, this is tantamount to treason," he added.
"She is recklessly destroying the image of her own country with unverified charges. In the process, she is also pulling down Filipinos. This is a treacherous act and as an elected public official, this is tantamount to treason," Jimenez said.
Jimenez said Robredo should have made clarifications or should have consulted the Philippine National Police "before putting the country to shame on the international map."
"VP (Robredo) has made an unprecedented blunder in judgment in shaming the Duterte Administration without sufficiently backing up her claims. Now, an Impeachment complaint is being contemplated upon in Congress against her, and rightly so. She should apologize to President Duterte for ruthlessly undermining the government for the sake of politics," Jimenez concluded.
For his part, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said "I believe she is guilty of betrayal of public trust, na impeachable offense."
On Sunday, Solicitor General Jose Calida said that he will support House Speaker Pantaleon "Bebot" Alvarez's plan to file an impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo over the latter's video to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs where she criticized the conduct of the administration's anti-drug campaign.
"I fully understand and support the sentiment of Speaker Bebot Alvarez that VP Robredo should be rightfully condemned for slandering and selling out our country and its leaders before the UN Commission on Narcotics Drugs," Calida said in a statement.
"VP Robredo debased her office and herself by betraying the trust of our people. Worse, she shamelessly pandered to the desperate desire of Yellow Cult to depose President Duterte which if successful, will immensely benefit her. Obviously, the carping VP Robredo has joined the ranks of the destabilizers," he added.
Calida said Robredo will reap the people's wrath and contempt for her treasonous act.
The top government counsel said he will provide legal assistance to Alvarez's possible impeachment complaint against the Vice President.
"In the event that the Speaker will initiate the impeachment of VP Robredo, my office will gladly lend its legal services to such endeavor," he noted. (PNA)