Robredo’s video to UN shows democracy in PHL — LP senators

MANILA — Liberal Party senators on Monday came to the defense of Vice Pres. Leni Robredo who was slammed for sending a video message to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs where she criticized the conduct of the administration’s campaign against illicit drugs.

Robredo mentioned in her video stating that “more than 7,000 people have been killed in summary executions” since the drug war started in July 2016.

However, data from the PNP stated that there were only 2,582 killed in legitimate drug operations while the remaining 4,049 were deaths under investigation.

Some senators and congressman have expressed disappointment and asked Robredo to correct her figures, noting that she humiliated the Philippines by sending the said video message.

LP senators, however, think that Robredo’s message merely “showed the world that the Philippines enjoys democracy where dissent is respected.”

”…It is within her prerogative as an elective official and citizen of the country,” the LP senators said in a joint statement.

Meanwhile, they urged the public, including Senate Pres. Aqulino Pimentel III, to focus on the numbers that matter: the thousands of unresolved murders, the rising prices of basic goods, and the 13-million hectare undersea region rich in minerals and biodiversity of Benham Rise. Azer Parrocha/