Presidential candidate Vice President Leni Robredo “destroyed” the Philippines’ reputation in the international community because of the war on drugs, Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa claimed.
Dela Rosa made the accusation while campaigning for vice presidential candidate Sara Duterte in Borongan, Eastern Samar. He said the presidential daughter vowed to be a supportive and cooperative vice president to her running mate, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. if she wins the elections.
“Sabi niya, ‘Sir Bato kailangan iparating mo doon sa ating mga kababayan sa Eastern Samar na kung ako maging bise presidente, siguraduhin ko na ako ay very supportive at very cooperative sa ating Pangulong Bongbong Marcos,’” Dela Rosa said.
“Hindi niya gagayahin ‘yung ginagawa ng pangalawang pangulo ngayon… habang si Pangulong Duterte ay busyng-busy sa kanyang ginagawa para gumanda ang pamumuhay ng bawat Pilipino, ‘yung kanyang bise-presidente, pumunta sa abroad at walang ginawa kung hindi siraan ang sarili nating bayan… Nagsisinungaling pa doon sa international community na mayroon daw crimes against humanity dito sa Pilipinas,” he added.
Dela Rosa served as the first Philippine National Police chief of the Duterte administration. The PNP was highly involved in the controversial campaign against illegal drugs that was also connected to alleged extrajudicial killings.
Dela Rosa also said that Robredo had revealed to foreign countries that 60,000 people were killed during the drug war.
“Kung totoo ‘to, nakaposas na ako ngayon. Hindi totoo ‘yan… alam ng pulis ang namatay sa war on drugs is only 6,000, pero ang binandera ng ating bise presidente doon sa abroad, 60,000… dinagdagan ng isang zero para siraan ang ating bayan,” alleged dela Rosa.
Robredo’s spokesperson, lawyer Barry Gutierrez debunked de La Rosa’s claim calling them “disinformation”.
“The good Senator must be confused. The only Vice President we have, VP Leni Robredo, never did or said any of those things. It is disappointing that a Senator of the Republic would peddle such disinformation. But, I suppose, this type of irresponsible behavior tells us much about the candidate he is supporting,” Gutierrez said. Ronald Espartinez