Senate bets agree that Acierto assertions need to be investigated

By Jhon Aldrin Casinas

Senatorial bets endorsed by a group of various faith-based organizations said the allegation of former Police Supt. Edgardo Acierto should be investigated instead of being “brush aside instantly” to show that the government is “serious” on their war on drugs.

“Hindi dapat bina-brush aside kaagad yan. Sa tingin ko kailangan i-pursue ito… at maimbistigahan para makita ng mga tao na ang gobyerno ay seryoso sa war on drugs,” Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said during the press briefing and covenant signing of People’s Choice Movement (PCM) on Wednesday.

(L-R) Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, Neri Colmenares, and Chel Diokno (MANILA BULLETIN)
(L-R) Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, Neri Colmenares, and Chel Diokno (MANILA BULLETIN)

“Nalalagay ang kridibiladad ng war on drugs sa isyong ito. Hindi dapat nila ito i-brush aside, he said.

Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno, on the other, said a “full-blown” investigation should be launched to validate the claims of Acierto.

On March 24, Acierto showed documents where Duterte and the Philippine National Police allegedly chose not to act on intelligence that former economic adviser Michael Yang and another Chinese national, Allan Lim, were involved in the illegal drug trade.

Meanwhile, President Duterte on Tuesday questioned the credibility of Acierto and asked the police why he is still alive.

Responding to President’s statements, Diokno rhetorically asked if the President knows what “comes out of his mouth.”

“If there’s really no proof to what he is saying, why does the President want to silence him, the Otso Diretso senatorial bet said.

Human rights lawyer and activist Neri Colmenares, who was also endorsed by PCM as well as incumbent Senator Grace Poe, said the administration of Duterte is “full of sycophants.”

“But here’s a warning to sycophants, presidents come and go. In a few tears time wala na dyan si President Duterte, and people will really assert justice that they really deserve. Let the lesson of Gen. Jovito Palparan be a lesson to all of you. Nung nawala na si GMA, kulong si Palparan,” Colmenares said.

On the other hand, former Solicitor General Florin “Pilo” Hilbay said that Duterte’s statement was “an indirect order to kill” and “an impeachable offense.”

“But we also understand that this is not normal situations. Kapag trinato po nang seryoso yung sinabi ng Presidente, sasabihing ‘joke lang.’” Hilbay said.

“It’s becoming a very lazy excuse for them that all the outrageous statements of the President that constitute to a crime or an impeachable offense, are sheltered by the defense that it’s just a joke,” he said.

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