Sunday, May 6, 2018

Wag kang bias! Cayetano burns Robredo



DFA Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano and Vice President Leni Robredo | Photo CTTO
On Saturday, the Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano lambasted his former opponent for Vice Presidency race way back 2016 elections.

According to a report, the Foreign Affairs Secretary slammed Vice President Leni Robredo due to the latter's remarks anent the recent Kuwait fiasco.

With Cayetano calling such as "double standard" comments regarding the Philippine government's moves about the country's diplomatic row with Kuwait.

Report says the Vice President's comment to which the DFA Secretary reacted was that there must be an "honest and candid acknowledgment of the crisis and willingness to accept accountability" to ease the  diplomatic tension between the two countries.
DFA Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano | Photo CTTO
In response, the beleaguered Secretary said in an ambush interview, "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 continued.

It was also mentioned in the report that Cayetano said that the Vice President, in her statement, is criticizing the current administration for violating the Kuwait's sovereignty.

It was not too long ago when the DFA's video of rescue operations in efforts to save the lives of the abused Overseas Filipino Workers leaked on social media which eventually reached the authorities of Kuwait.
Vice President Leni Robredo | Photo CTTO
The said video of the Philippine government's act that was supposed to be a covert operation prompted the Kuwaiti government to expel the Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa.

The said Ambassador arrived in Manila evening of May 2, a week after the Kuwaiti government ordered him to leave due to the what seemed to be illegal rescues of the Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the gulf state.

Referring to Robredo, Cayetano said, "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".

The country's highest diplomat was referring to Sister Patricia Fox, the Australian missionary who was instructed to leave the Philippines. This was due to to her alleged violation of the conditions of her stay in the country by engaging in political activities and anti-government demonstrations.
Sister Patricia Fox | Photo CTTO
The law prohibiting foreign nationals from getting involved in the political activities in the country was approved and signed before by the now detained Liberal Party Senator Leila De Lima.

"Kapag tayo may nag-video, [mali] pero bakit siya, si Vice President Leni, nagpadala ng video sa UN na fake news, na paninira sa sariling bansa?" the Foreign Affairs Chief added.

Cayetano was referring to Robredo's recorded speech on the alleged "palit-ulo" scheme that, according to the Vice President, was being done in urban poor areas in Metro Manila. That, said Robredo, was in line with the government's war against illegal drgs.

The video which was posted on YouTube has been a disgrace to the country as it was played at a side session organized for the 60th United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drgs annual meeting called the "Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extrajudicial K!llings in the Drg War". It was held in March 2017.
Liberal Party Senator Leila De Lima | Photo CTTO
The highest Liberal Party official drew tons of criticism from the video, especially from the supporters of the administration.

For many, what Robredo did was very damaging as it tarnished the reputation of the country in the eyes of the international community.

On the other hand, DFA Chief reminded critics to allow negotiations to take place first prior making any comments.

"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," he said.

Furthering his lecture to the critics, 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".
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte | Photo CTTO
The same called out those who criticize the DFA's move to be impartial and avoid having a mindset that is double standard.

Cayetano, meanwhile, said that though the rescue operation bore negative results, the intentions were good nevertheless.

"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 emphasized.
DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano with Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa | Photo CTTO
Source: GMA News