Arroyo distances from criticisms generated by Duterte’s EJK admission
House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Saturday begged off from taking sides in the controversy generated by President Rodrigo Duterte when he admitted responsibility for extrajudicial killings in the country.
Arroyo, who is a known ally of Duterte, was asked by the media if she agrees with some senators who said that the incumbent Philippine leader had just admitted to committing extrajudicial killings based on his speech last Thursday.
“It’s not for me to agree or disagree,” Arroyo replied.
But she was quick to add, “The President knows what he’s doing.”
Before an audience of new career executive service officers and recipients of the 2017 Gawad Career Executive Services and 2018 Outstanding Government Workers Awards in Malacanang, Duterte said on Thursday night, “Ang kasalanan ko lang, yung mga extrajudicial killing.”
Senator Risa Hontiveros said “Duterte’s public admission of having sinned over rampant extrajudicial killings points to three important things.”
She said it confirms the existence of Duterte’s EJKs, establishes the President’s accountability for the killing, and serves as evidence in the pursuit of justice.”
Some sectors were quick to call on the International Criminal Court, which has started preliminary examination of the killings in the country, to take note of Duterte’s remarks.
But Arroyo’s piece of advice for Duterte seem to suggest he should just ignore the criticisms.
“Having been President, I know he’s not… he should not be getting so many comments from the peanut gallery,” the Philippine leader from 2001 to 2010 said.(END)
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