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‘Palit-ulo’ is true, OVP insists

Vice President Leni Robredo’s revelation on the incidents of “palit-ulo” or head swapping in the government’s drug war is backed by personal stories of the victims’ families, her office insisted.

Robredo’s spokesperson Georgina Hernandez maintained they were told by poor communities of the scheme, where police would take another family member if the drug suspect would not be found.

“Several members of poor communities, who have felt voiceless and powerless in the face of the killings, have approached our office to share their stories,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez said these people sought help from the Office of the Vice President in connection with their experiences in the anti-drug war.

“These are the stories that the Vice President spoke about in her video message to the United Nations,” she stressed.

In a video message to a UN meeting on extrajudicial killings, Robredo claimed that authorities have been engaging in what she denounced as “palit-ulo” or head swapping scheme. (Raymund F. Antonio)