Leni’s questions a statement on the government’s drug war


    Ngayon ang tanong ko: Ano ba’ng kinatatakutan ninyo?

    Ano ba ang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?

    Ano ba ang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ng taumbayan?

    (Now my question: what are you afraid of?)

    (What are you afraid that I would learn?)

    (What are you afraid of the people knowing?)

    WITH those questions, Vice President Leni Robredo gave the public the real problem of the Duterte government’s battle against illegal drugs which has not shown signs of decreasing despite the loss of more than 20,000 lives (government will admit to only about 6,000).

    Robredo asked the question after he was fired by Duterte as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs late evening of Sunday for reason that Malacañang has muddled in its nine-page statement.

    In one paragraph, the statement said it was “in response to the suggestion of Liberal Party President Senator Francis Pangilinan to just fire the Vice President from her post” and to the “taunt and dare of VP Robredo for the President to just tell her that he wants her out.”
    It’s childish.

    The firing of Robredo came a day after Duterte apologized to her for believing the falsehood given to him by his minions that she has invited United Nations investigators to look into the drug problem. He thought Philem Kine, former deputy director for Asia, a non-government group, was a UN official.

    Duterte took it against Robredo that she met with United Nations and the United States embassy officials.

    That’s her way of knowing the landscape that she was overseeing. What’s wrong with it? Unless, as Robredo asked, “What are you afraid of?”

    The statement betrayed the administration’s vulnerability when it mentioned “her request for police data validated the falsity of their arguments that the extra-judicial killings are state-sponsored. “

    The police data on death related to the illegal campaign has become a state secret. Not even a Supreme Court order could make the police release to the families of the victims the information on the circumstances of the death of their kin.

    As Robredo asked, “What are you afraid of?”

    That list must contain damaging information to those in power because even Philippine Drug Enforce Agency chief Aaron Aquino, who we regard highly for standing firmly on the shabu-in-magnetic-filters case and for helping unmask then PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, turned impertinent when Robredo asked for the list of high-value targets, which includes drug lords, in the drug war.

    That’s why we suspect there’s more to the “kill drug lords” noise of Bong Go, a senator who remains Duterte’s prime minion, than meets the eye.

    Go was frothing in the mouth defending the President’s firing of Robredo: “Sa dalawang linggong n’ya (as ICAD co-chair) meron bang namatayna drug lord?” he asked.

    We would like to ask Go. Of the more than 20,000 killed in the drug war or let’s go by the government figure of 6,000 in the three-and-a-half years of Duterte’s presidency, how many were drug lords?

    Was 17-year-old Kian de los Santos, who was dragged to a corner of the street killed while pleading “Tama na po, tama na po, may test pa ako bukas” a drug lord?

    Raymart Siapno, a 19-year-old PWD, was given a gun by policemen and then ordered to run. Raymart could not because he was born with two clubbed feet. Policemen killed him while he was on his knees. Was he a drug lord?

    As Robredo asked, ano bang kinatatakutan ninyo?

    Ano ba ang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?

    Ano ba ang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ng taumbayan?