Lower House should prepare proof of 20,000 EJK—Atty. Panelo

Lower House should prepare proof of 20,000 EJK—Atty. Panelo

AMID reports of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issuing a warrant of arrest against former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the House of Representatives of the Philippines is currently investigating alleged extrajudicial killings (EJK) during the previous administration.

A lawmaker also said that an invitation will be given to Duterte and his friend who was the former head of the Philippine National Police (PNP). But what is the comment of Duterte’s former cabinet member on this matter?

“When you invite the [former] president, the [former] president will tell you, ‘Where is this 20,000 [extrajudicial killings]? Show me the list. Who are they? When did they die? What date? What occasion?’ He’s a lawyer, isn’t he? So, it’s useless. If you cannot answer, don’t invite him. You’ll only get embarrassed,” according to Atty. Salvador ‘Sal’ Panelo, Former Chief Presidential Legal Counsel.

Just recently, House Committee on Human Rights Chairperson Bienvenido Abante Jr. said that former President Duterte and former PNP Chief and now Senator Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa will be invited to the committee’s next hearing.

Abante’s committee is currently probing the Duterte administration’s alleged war on drugs campaign.

However, former Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Atty. Salvador Panelo stressed that Abante’s committee must prepare all evidences on the alleged 20,000 extrajudicial killings during the previous administration.

“The claim of 20,000+ [extrajudicial killings], where did it come from? It came from Rappler. Who is Rappler again? Maria Ressa. She released that.”

“I said, I don’t remember if personally. I just know that she answered my question. I said, ‘Where did you get the 20,000?’ She said, ‘A newspaper reported it.’ How amazing… You only repeated it without verifying. So ever since, we are challenging – even [former] President Duterte – that 20,000 of yours, where is it? Where is the list for it? Because the government has a list of the people who died or died in the course of the raid. The facts are complete. In fact, it’s even being showed on TV. So, that is what’s recorded. What you are saying is gossip,” Panelo stressed.

Crime index ‘down’; Marcos Jr’s trust rating, also down

Meanwhile, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said during a PNP command conference at Camp Crame this week that theft, rape and other crime index have gone down.

However, it seems that something else followed along with it.

“Everything has gone down. Theft has gone down, rape has gone down but its still high, rape is still high. Other index crimes and all of them are more or less — at least we can say that we are doing better than we were before,” said Pres. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ R. Marcos, Jr., Republic of the Philippines.

“There are many ‘has done down’ again – criminality and so forth and so on has gone down. Economy has also gone down. His popularity and trust rating has also gone down. He’s right. So, that’s the truth? No, in addition to. Yes.” Panelo concluded.


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