Neophyte senator opposed to ICC probe on Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’

Neophyte senator opposed to ICC probe on Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’

By Tracy Cabrera

Senator actor Robin ‘Robinhood’ Padilla speaks before his supporters during the campaign in May. (Photo courtesy of Interaksyon)

PASAY CITY, METRO MANILA — Following a query by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to the Philippine government regarding its request for the reopening of the investigation into the anti-illegal drugs campaign initiated during the term of erstwhile President Rodrigo Duterte, first-time senator Robin Padilla opposed the reopening as it would promote distrust in the country’s justice system,

In a statement, the actor-turned-lawmaker expressed disapproval over the request, asking with incredulity why we would allow a foreign body such as the ICC to conduct an investigation here when we have our own courts that pursue, prosecute and penalize crimes and other violations of the law.

“Patungkol sa sinasabi ng ICC, nalulungkot ako d’yan ‘pag sinasabi ‘yan na may foreigner na nakikialam sa atin kasi kapag pinayagan natin ‘yan, precedent na ‘yan . . . Parang ang dating wala tayong tiwala sa sarili nating justice system,” the neophyte senator pointed out.

Padilla reiterated with conviction that only Filipinos should investigate the former president: “Kung mayroong dapat na magimbestiga, dapat kapwa nating Pinoy ‘yan. Kung gusto n’yo imbestigahan si PRRD, Pinoy.”

“Ano ito, panahon ni Sakay na may (hin)di taga-rito mag-imbestiga? Para sa akin masakit ‘yan. Ako, medyo nape-personal ako doon. Sayang ang sinakrpisyo ng bayani natin kung maghahari-harian (na naman) dito mga foreigner,” he added.

The former actor, who is known to be a strong supporter of Duterte, likewise defended the latter from the international body, citing that the investigation has already prejudiced against the former chief executive.

“Nag-cooperate naman ang Pangulong Duterte. Ang problema ang cooperation nila may judgment na. Doon tayo nasasaktan noong araw. Hinusgahan na nila si Presidente wala pa sila rito,” he stressed even as he opined that to conclude the prejudice against President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.’s predecessor could be rooted to the “narrative” spread by the former Davao City mayor’s detractors and critics belonging to the opposition. (ai/mtvn)

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