NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – After hearing the news that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will address the United Nations General Assembly for the first time this week, Leni Robredo has asked the world body for equal time.
Robredo said she would like to give world leaders an update of her videotaped message to the U.N. several years ago when she criticized the Duterte administration for alleged extra-judicial killings in connection with the government’s war on drugs. It was during this videotaped speech that she revealed the government’s “palit-ulo” scheme.
“Palit-ulo” involves the filing of a case with lighter charges against a suspect who comes forward to give information on his or her drug supplier or the mastermind of a drug syndicate.
But the Office of the Vice President told The Adobo Chronicles that if given the chance to address the U.N., her message will shift to a different kind of “palit-ulo.” It will be a “palit-pang-ulo,” (change the president) in reference to her 4-year-old ambition (and that of her Liberal Party) to take over the presidency from Duterte.
While Duterte’s address to the U.N. will be virtual, Robredo says she’d like to deliver her speech in person in New York City to give her the opportunity to shop for her favorite designer brands of handbags.