- Sen. Alan Cayetano blamed Sen. De Lima and the CHR Chair for the international outcry against President Duterte’s anti-drug war
- Cayetano said that De Lima and the CHR have insinuated that the summary killings have dramatically worsened under the Duterte administration
-The senator argued that number of killings today is the same during the previous administration
Amidst the international outcry against President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody campaign against the illegal drug trade, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday blamed Senator Leila de Lima and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for suggesting that the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines have worsened under the new administration.
“This effort to discredit the President has reached the international news… Pero ngayon po lahat ng patay, para bang ang Pangulo natin ang may-ari ng lahat ng punerarya sa ’ting bansa, na-charge parati po lahat kay Pangulong Duterte,” Cayetano said.
(But now, for every person who dies, it is as if the President owns every mortuary in our country, they blame all the deaths on President Duterte.)
The senator also slammed De Lima for heading the Senate inquiry on the spate of summary killings and for using the term “extrajudicial killings” loosely to discredit the efforts of the President and the Philippine National Police (PNP). Cayetano argued that the number of summary killings was the same during the previous administration.
According to PNP Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, more than 700 alleged drug criminals have been killed in police operations and over 1,000 were killed in summary executions.
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In an earlier interview, Cayetano said that De Lima should not lead the inquiry on the killings due to her being “biased” and “polluted.”
He also accused Jose Luis Martin Gascon, the chair of the CHR, of having unjustified anger towards Duterte.
“Talagang itong kaibigan natin na si Chairman Gascon, may pinaghuhugutan at talagang galit na galit sa ating Pangulo (Our friend Chairman Gascon feels a great anger towards our President),” Cayetano alleged.
Cayetano was the running mate of Duterte in the May 9 polls but lost the vice presidential race to Leni Robredo.