Updated 17:42 PM PHT Mon, March 20, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) - The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) demanded an apology from Vice President Leni Robredo Monday for 'serious' allegations on President Duterte's war on drugs.
This was after a video for the 60th United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs featured Robredo citing the 'palit-ulo' scheme, reportedly done by the PNP to exchange targets' relatives for targets if they are not found.
In a media conference, VACC said the Vice President's 'blunder in judgment' embarrassed the Duterte administration, adding that Robredo did not have sufficient proof for her claims.
PNP Spokesperson Dionardo Carlos, who was also present at the event, denied the allegations.
"Hindi po ito nangyayari. At kung nangyari po yan, hinihingi po sana namin na naging specific at hindi ho i-generalize that this is happening," Carlos said.
[Translation:This is not happening. And if it does, we are asking for specific instances, and not generalize that this is happening.]
Robredo also mentioned in the clip that more than 7,000 were executed since July 2016.
But Carlos clarified only 1,394 cases under investigation are drug related, with the remaining 3,000 planned murders and homicides.
PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa previously clarified that the 'palit-ulo' scheme is not a head-switch but a deal in which drug suspects will be charged will lower crimes if they aid in the capture of the mastermind.
Part of destabilization plot?
VACC claimed Robredo should apologize for treason and betrayal of public trust, else they will push for her disbarment.
"Remember, pangalawang pangulo 'to. One step bago maging presidente ng Pilipinas," said Dante Jimenez, VACC President.
Ferdinand Topacio, VACC volunteer lawyer, also suspects that the video's release was part of a rumored "destabilization plot" to oust the President.
"The message na gusto nilang palabasin is clear. Gusto nilang ma-erode ang public support ni Pangulong Duterte locally by giving the message na baka yan ay ipa-aresto ng ICC (International Criminal Court) at mag-take over na si Leni Robredo," Topacio said.
[Translation: The message they want to show is clear. They want to erode public support for President Duterte locally by giving the message that the ICC will arrest him and Leni Robredo will take over.]
The anti-drug group that released Robredo's video denied that it timed the release with Duterte's impeachment raps.