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Robredo: I will give details of ‘palit-ulo’ to Sueno

/ 01:38 PM March 28, 2017
FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo answers questions from the media during a news conference following her resignation from her cabinet post under President Rodrigo Duterte in suburban Quezon city, south of Manila, Philippines. The Philippine vice president has raised alarms over the president's bloody crackdown against illegal drugs, which she says can't be solved "with bullets alone," and she also asked Filipinos to "defy brazen incursions on their rights."  The comments are one of Robredo's sharpest critiques so far of President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign and are likely to antagonize him because they are intended for an international forum of human rights advocates, whom he has often lambasted.  (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

Vice President Leni Robredo. AP

Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday said she had asked Interior Secretary Mike Sueno to set a meeting with her to discuss protection for victims of the “palit-ulo” scheme.

Robredo said victims wanted to testify about the abuses by the police in poor communities but they were fearing for their lives.

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READ: Robredo reveals gov’t forces use ‘palit-ulo scheme’ in drug war

While the Philippine National Police admits practicing palit-ulo which involves charging drug suspects with lesser crimes in exchange for the arrest of big-time pushers, it denied the version claimed by Robredo.

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Robredo’s version allegedly involved policemen taking hostage the wife, husband or relatives of a drug suspect if the latter cannot be found.

Sueno has also denied the existence of the Vice President’s palit-ulo scheme.

READ: DILG chief belies Robredo’s claim on ‘palit-ulo’ scheme

In an interview over radio DZMM, Robredo said she talked to Sueno when they met at the commencement exercises for the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) “Masidlak” Class of 2017 last Friday.

“Sabi ko kanya, “Sec, ‘yung aking report talagang totoo pwede bang sa iyo ko i-report? Pwede ba ako mag-seek ng appointment sa ‘yo kasi ‘yung hinihingi nila sa akin protection. Hindi naman ako makapag-promise na mapoprotektahan ko sila dahil wala akong capability na magbigay ng protection,” Robredo said.

She said the secretary agreed to meet but said he was only available after the Holy Week, which ends on April 16.

“Pumayag si Sec. Sueno kaya lang hindi siya available. ‘Yung pakiusap niya sa akin after Holy Week. So, magme-meet kami after Holy Week. Ibibigay ko sa kanya ang mga detalye,” Robredo said. CBB/rga

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