Isko replies to De Lima : I am obliged to clear Manila of criminals

Isko replies to De Lima : I am obliged to clear Manila of criminals

Detained senator Leila De Lima is making the news again, and its not because of her job as a senator. Its because she gave an unsolicited advise to the hottest man of the hour mayor of the nation’s capital.

De Lima warned Manila mayor Isko Moreno that he might be committing human rights violation by presenting suspects in press briefings.

Moreno replied by saying their rights were not violated.

Senator De Lima and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno
(photo credit to owner)

You are entitled to your own opinion but for the meantime, being the Mayor of Manila, I have an obligation to clear the city of criminals.” Moreno’s reply to senator De Lima

Wala. Magalang pa nga tayo sa totoo lang,” Moreno told reporters.

Last week Moreno presented to the media 35 drug suspects Another 14 drug users and peddlers stood behind him in an August 8 press conference.

“Hindi ko naman sila hinihiya although mga walanghiya ito,” the mayor said, noting that he never showed the faces of the suspects.
(I don't shame them even if what they do is shameful.)
“Inaalagaan ko pa nga pagkakakilanlan nila sa harap ng publiko. Pero kailangan makita ng mga taga-Maynila na may warm body,” he said.

(I even protect their identity before the public. But my constituents must see there is a warm body.)
“Puwede tayong usapang laway lang pero kung nakikita niyo talaga, hindi ba ito magbibigay ng kapanatagan? Hindi ba ito patunay na seryoso kami sa kampaniya? Paano yung human rights ng gusto matulog ng mahimbing?”
(We want to show this is not just lip service. This will show how serious we are in this campaign. Think about the human rights of those who want to sleep soundly.)

Delima’s statement

The detained senator described the act of Moreno’s presentation of suspects to the media as “violative of their constitutional right to the presumption of innocence.”

“Nakita po natin ang pagsisikap ni Mayor Isko na patalikurin ang mga nasabing suspek at maitago ang kanilang mukha. Gayumpaman, naiharap pa rin sila sa mga kawani ng media at mga taong naroon," the senator said.
(We saw the mayor's intent to hide the suspects' faces. However, their faces were still shown to members of the media and other people at the press conference.)

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