By Xave Gregorio
Senator Leila De Lima adviser the Malacañang to hire a “new scriptwriter,” after three ranking Cabinet members claimed that drug lords funded human rights groups.
“The script is already so overused, Malacañang needs a new scriptwriter. Creative ones. [Presidential Spokesperson Harry] Roque, [Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter] Cayetano, and [Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador] Panelo are already starting to be boring,” De Lima said Monday (April 2) in a statement. “Nakakasawa at nakakasuka na sila.”
Roque, Cayetano and Panelo earlier suggested that drug money could be funding human rights organizations which have been vocal against President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.
However, their claims remain unsubstantiated as the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) have yet to find evidence proving the three Cabinet members’ claims.
“In short, the accusation is nothing but an irresponsible speculation blurted out from the presidential podium, the same way most lies and fake news are now being propagated from the Palace,” De Lima said.
“The truth no longer means anything to these three government officials, so they might as well openly fabricate and propagate the most absurd and hilarious accusations they can come up with.”
De Lima said the drug war is only being used to attack human rights advocates and organizations, in the same way that it was used to “imprison [her], intimidate and threaten local government officials, witchhunt enemies, and demonize the opposition.”
She also said while the Palace is linking everyone critical of Duterte’s drug war, it remains “deathly silent” on the P6.4 billion shabu smuggling scandal that has implicated Duterte’s son and resigned Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and the President’s son-in-law, abogado Mans Carpio.
“All of a sudden, human rights groups are in cahoots with drug lords, while Polong Duterte, Mans Carpio, Small Abellera, and Tita Nanie remain uninvestigated and untouched by the DOJ (Department of Justice,) the PNP, and PDEA,” De Lima said, enumerating the personalities who are allegedly involved in the smuggling scandal.
“Here we are talking about a drug war, but instead of going after drug lords and smugglers, Malacañang is going after human rights groups,” she said.
The senator said Roque, Cayetano and Panelo want to implicate down human rights groups in illegal drugs as the Palace has “nothing to show” for the “fake and hypocritical” drug war.
“What is this drug war for then when government coddles drug lords in prison, absolves drug lords out of prison, and whitewashes investigations on drug smugglers?” De Lima said.
“What is this drug war but a cover for the witchhunting and intimidation of those who refuse to bow to Duterte’s tyranny, then in Davao, now in the entire country?” she said.
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Senator Leila De Lima adviser the Malacañang to hire a “new scriptwriter,” after three ranking Cabinet members claimed that drug lords funded human rights groups. “The script is already so overused, Malacañang needs a new scriptwriter. Creative ones.