Panelo slams De Lima’s new potshot over Duterte’s drug war
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Sunday shrugged off Senator Leila de Lima’s remarks on the government’s anti-drug war.
“What do you expect from De Lima? She’s in jail, and she complains a lot,” Panelo said.
De Lima, a staunch critic of the Duterte administration, detained since February 2017 for alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade.
“Sasabihin niya walang namamatay na drug…pag namatay naman bakit pinatay? Bakit namatay? Wala. Pabayaan mo na siya diyan, hayaan mo na siya diyan muna (She said no one killed. If someone killed, she’ll ask why. Let’s just ignore her),” he added.
Further, Panelo asked to comment on De Lima’s recent remark where she said President Rodrigo Duterte only interested in going after “small-time” drug personalities and not the “big-time” drug smugglers.
Besides, there a nagging pattern that shows Duterte’s disinterest in going after these big-time smugglers and drug lords. First, there a denial, and then a whitewash,” the senator said in a dispatch from Camp Crame last Wednesday.
Hence, President who has no qualms in ordering the summary execution of alleged small-time drug pushers and addicts, Duterte is exceptionally indifferent in going after the real drug lords who smuggle tons of illegal drugs into the country,” she added.
Meanwhile, the statement issued amid the “shabu” smuggling controversy hounding the Bureau of Customs (BOC).