Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has come to the protection of his occasion mate, Vice President Leni Robredo, amid threats of her impeachment over her criticism of the federal government’s warfare on medicine.

While he’s now with the bulk bloc, Recto shared the view of his colleagues from the Liberal Party that Robredo’s remarks to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs can’t be used to question her.

“Wala akong nakikitang betrayal of public trust as far as the video message is concerned, you know. Number one, it is part of democracy to criticize government policy so I don’t see any betrayal of public trust there,” he instructed reporters Monday (March 20).

In her video message, Robredo stated over 7,000 have been killed in “summary executions” which occurred in the course of the federal government’s warfare on medicine.

Her remarks prompted House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to announce that he’s contemplating submitting an impeachment case towards her.

Like Recto, LP members Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, and Senators Risa Hontiveros, Bam Aquino, and Kiko Pangilinan stated Robredo’s speech solely exhibits democracy is alive in the Philippines.