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SolGen Calida offers help in planned impeach rap vs. Robredo

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 3/19/2017 Gutierrez, Angelo
Solicitor General Jose Calida makes a fighting gesture upon his arrival at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, for the oral arguments on the motion to quash filed by detained Senator Leila de Lima in connection with the drug-related case filed against her by the government. Danny Pata © Danny Pata Solicitor General Jose Calida makes a fighting gesture upon his arrival at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, for the oral arguments on the motion to quash filed by detained Senator Leila de Lima in connection with the drug-related case filed against her by the government. Danny Pata

Solicitor General Jose Calida on Saturday said Vice President Leni Robredo's "palit-ulo" statement on the Duterte administration's war on drugs is a treasonous act.

"VP Robredo will reap the people's wrath and contempt for her treasonous act," Calida posted on his Twitter account.

The solicitor general also offered his office's services to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez should he decides pursue an impeachment complaint against Robredo.

In a recorded statement, Robredo cited complaints received by her office about the alleged abuses of law enforcement agencies in the Duterte administration's war on drugs, including warrantless searches and "palit-ulo" scheme.

The video, posted by the DRCNet Foundation on YouTube last March 13, was played at the "Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extrajudicial Killings in the Drug War," a side session for the 60th United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs annual meeting last March 16 at the Vienna International Center.

In a radio dzBB interview, Alvarez said Robredo's recorded video puts the Philippines in a bad light.

"Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas itong mataas na opisyal ng gobyerno, hindi ko lang pwedeng tawaging VP dahil hindi pa tayo tiyak kung talagang nanalo ito...ay nagpadala ng video clip doon sa United Nations at walang pakundangan na sinira ang bansang Pilipinas," Alvarez said in an interview on dzBB.

"Saan ka naman nakakita ng ganoon? Kumbaga ay ipinahamak niya doon ang bansang Pilipinas sa iba't ibang anggulo, ekonomiya, tourism, at iba pa," he added.

Alvarez had said that he is studying the possibility of filing an impeachment complaint against Robredo.

He had accused the vice president of having a role in Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano's filing of an impeachment complaint against Duterte.

'Yellow Cult'

Calida also accused Robredo of being part of destabilization efforts against the Duterte administration.

Officials of the Duterte administration refer to the Liberal Party as the "yellows," which is also being used by the President.

Robredo is a member of the political party, which had denied any involvement in alleged destabilization efforts against Duterte.

Calida said "debased" the Office of the President by "betraying the trust of our people."

He added: "The carping VP has joined the ranks of the destabilizers."

In an interview in Naga City, Robredo denied that she was involved in the impeachment effort against Duterte.

She said that her recorded statement had no connection with Alejano's move and that it was "very factual."

She added that based on the complaints received by the Office of the President, they sought the clarification and asked for data from the Philippine National Police and the Department of the Interior and Local Government but they got no response. —Anna  Felicia Bajo/ALG, GMA News

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