- Mayor Isko has an answer to Senator Leila de Lima's statement about violating human rights
- De Lima said that Moreno's public presentation of suspects is “violative of their constitutional right to the presumption of innocence.”
- The actor-turned-politician, however, reiterated that there is no violation of human rights in Manila
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso answered Senator Leila de Lima's statement about human rights.
As reported by ABS-CBN News, De Lima described Moreno's public presentation of suspects as “violative of their constitutional right to the presumption of innocence.”
In a previous report by KAMI, Mayor Isko presented 35 drug suspects last week and reminded the police of upholding human rights.
“Nakita po natin ang pagsisikap ni Mayor Isko na patalikurin ang mga nasabing suspek at maitago ang kanilang mukha. Gayumpaman, naiharap pa rin sila sa mga kawani ng media at mga taong naroon," she said.
De Lima believes that Moreno's public presentation of crime suspects arrested in the capital is against their human rights.
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Mayor Isko quickly negated the detained senator's remark and reiterated that he even protected the identities of the suspects before the public.
“Wala. Magalang pa nga tayo sa totoo lang,” Moreno said. “Hindi ko naman sila hinihiya although mga walanghiya ito,”
“Inaalagaan ko pa nga pagkakakilanlan nila sa harap ng publiko. Pero kailangan makita ng mga taga-Maynila na may warm body,” he added.
“Puwede tayong usapang laway lang pero kung nakikita niyo talaga, hindi ba ito magbibigay ng kapanatagan? Hindi ba ito patunay na seryoso kami sa kampaniya? Paano yung human rights ng gusto matulog ng mahimbing?” Moreno told the reporters.
When asked if he has a message to De Lima regarding the issue, the famous mayor humbly answered:
“You are entitled to your own opinion but for the meantime, being the Mayor of Manila, I have an obligation to clear the city of criminals.”
According to reports, the Philippine National Police bans presenting arrested suspects to the media since June.
Manila City Legal Office chief Emeterio Moreno, however, said that under the law, mayors have "operational supervision and control" of PNP units in their respective areas.
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