Vice President Leni Robredo recently commented o President Rodrigo Duterte’s shoot and kill order towards the armed members of the New People’s Army, calling the order ‘impeding on democracy and the rule of law’.
Robredo mentioned this speaking towards reporters after the commemoration of Bonifacio Day in Caloocan city. She added how the rule of law and constitutional processes must still be followed even when dealing with rebels against the state, otherwise it would hamper upon their constitutional rights.
Leni Robredo / Photo credits to the owner
Learning the truth regarding accusations and determining equal punishment for crimes, according to Robredo, must be followed as these are what is allowed and written in the Philippine constitution.
“Kung pinapayag natin na ilagay sa ating mga kamay iyong batas, parang pinapawalang-bisa nating iyong ating demokrasya, pinapawalang-bisa natin iyong rule of law at iyon iyong simula para magkagulo-gulo tayo,” Robredo said in contradiction to President Duterte’s order.
Duterte / Photo credits to the owner
The president released the order while giving a speech in Sual, Pangasinan, saying that armed members of the NPA should be shot and killed by government forces, otherwise, Philippine soldiers will be killed in return.
President Rodrigo Duterte / Photo credits to the owner
But Robredo blatantly disagreed saying it was why there are certain systems in place, like justice institutions, in order to assure that the lives of Filipino people are decent and protected.
This comes a week after President Duterte signed Proclamation No. 360 that terminated peace talks with the Communist Part of the Philippines.