Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lagman notes differences between Duterte, Robredo’s ‘impeachable offenses

Albay 1st district Rep. Edcel Lagman says Vice President Leni Robredo “upholds public trust” and “preserves her oath of office,” which is the complete opposite of what President Rodrigo Duterte is doing.

Lagman gave this statement Wednesday (March 22) as he detailed the differences between the “impeachable offenses” of Duterte and Robredo, the two highest officials of the land.

“There is a whale of a difference between the impeachment complaints against President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo,” said Lagman, an opposition member and Robredo’s fellow Liberal Party (LP) stalwart.

“President Duterte is charged with betrayal of public trust for the said extrajudicial killings, while Vice President Robredo upheld public trust by reporting the said summary executions to seek the stoppage of and sanctions for the said wanton criminality,” he said.

“President Duterte is accused of violating his oath of office under the Constitution for flagrant failure to execute the laws, do justice to every man and consecrate himself to the service of the nation, while Vice President Robredo for her actions has preserved and observed the sanctity of her oath of office,” added Lagman.

The Bicolano solon noted that Duterte’s main offense is the “high crimes of multiple murders and crimes against humanity for the summary killing of around 8,000 drug suspects which he reportedly encouraged, induced, tolerated and/or condoned.”

On the other hand, he said that Robredo is only being faulted for bringing to the attention of the United Nations the extrajudicial killings committed under the Duterte administration’s anti-illegal drug war. #

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