Sunday, May 6, 2018

Cayetano to Robredo: Hindi pwedeng may double standard

Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hit back Vice President Leonor “Leni” Robredo saying that she made double standard remarks about the actions done by the Philippine government in regards to the issue with Kuwait.
Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano and Vice President Leni Robredo / Photo from CNN Philippines

Robredo said that there should be an “honest and candid acknowledgment of the crisis and willingness to accept accountability” in order to mend ties with Kuwait.

"I'd like to assure Vice President Robredo that we are accountable. We are accountable to the President, we are accountable to the people, we are accountable to God. Having said that, hindi pwedeng may double standard," Cayetano said.

Cayetano added that Robredo is criticizing the government for infringing upon the sovereignty of Kuwait through the rescue missions that they have been doing.

However, he said that they did not violate their sovereignty, rather, foreigners rallying in the Philippines are the ones who violate the sovereignty of the country.

Cayetano also hit on Robredo for saying that she shared “fake news” to the United Nations in regards to the government’s actions on the war on drugs.

"Pinipintasan niya [na] we did violate their sovereignty? Hindi ba yung mga foreigner na nagra-rally dito, bina-violate yung sovereignty natin kasi bawal yun. But sabi nila, pwede," he said.
Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano and Vice President Leni Robredo / Photo from Newsfeed

Robredo showed a video at the Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extrajudicial K!llings in the Drug War side session where she was hit back by Duterte supporters saying that she was tarnishing the reputation of the Duterte administration before the international community.

"Kapag tayo may nag-video, [mali] pero bakit siya, Vice President Leni, nagpadala ng video sa UN na fake news, na paninira sa sariling bansa?" Cayetano said.

Cayetano went on to say that people should allow negotiations to finish first before they make comments on the issue.

"Sundin niyo yung worldwide protocol na kapag may mga pinagdadaanan ang isang bansa and its diplomatic negotiations, tapusin nyo muna ang mga negosasyon para safe lahat ng mga kababayan, and then lahat na ng pintasan, lahat na ng imbestigasyon," Cayetano said.

"E, gusto niyo mag-imbestiga sa gitna ng pag-uusap, e di mawi-weaken yung ating position or ma-endanger yung ating ibang tinutulungan," he added.

He also asked people to be fair in criticizing and to not use double standards in their assessment.

"Pero 'wag naman tayong double standard. Pwedeng magpadala ng video [sa UN], tapos kapag foreigner pwedeng makialam sa Pilipinas, tapos tayo, sarili nating national [ang nag-rescue], sasabihin ninyo, masama ang ginawa namin?" he said.

"What we did was a misunderstanding, but what we did was our obligation and duty to our OFWs," he added.

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