VP Robredo wants to involve private sector in drug war

Marje Pelayo   •   November 11, 2019   •   146

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo met with the private sector on Monday (November 11) days after she officially accepted the appointment of drug czar.

Among the agenda in the closed-door meeting was to promote a health-based and faith-based approach in the government’s anti-drug campaign.

According to Robredo, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has expressed support to the initiative of the Community-Based Drug Rehab Alliance (COBRA) on the matter.

“Secretary Año and USec. Echiverri were both very open to the idea of providing idea for this platform,” Robredo said.

“Kasi andami nang experiences on the ground na pwedeng yung lessons manggaling sa mga advocates and private organizations working (There are a lot of experiences on the ground which could be learned from advocates and private organizations working),” she added.

The Vice President has been vocal in her proposal to involve the private sector in the Interagency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) since she accepted the position from President Rodrigo Duterte, despite being a staunch critic of the campaign.

Robredo said the war on drugs is not a government matter but also a community concern as well.

“Ang nangyayari, ang gobyerno may ginagawa, ang private may ginagawa, pero walang masyadong (What’s happening is that the government has its own action plan while the private sector also has its own, but there is no) linkage except in local government unit like Caloocan,“ she explained.

Robredo noted that the campaign would be more effective if there would be a collaboration between the public and the private sectors.

She further stressed that it would be helpful to evaluate and use a basis for the anti-drug campaign scholarly studies especially the updated statistics in relation to problems on illegal drugs. – MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

VP Robredo no significant contribution to PH anti-drug war – PDEA Chief

Marje Pelayo   •   December 12, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo has contributed nothing significant to the country’s anti-drug campaign, according to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Aaron Aquino.

This, despite Robredo’s brief appointment as co-chair of the Interagency Committee on Anti-Drugs (ICAD).

“She did not in any way supervise our people down there in the fields,” Aquino said.

“So I guess wala namang nabago o wala namang dapat glaring issues na makikita natin na talagang bumababa ang krimen o bumababa ang accomplishments natin sa drugs,” he added.

Aquino believes that Robredo could have understood the state and the scope of the illegal drug menace in the country if she had met with the different clusters of ICAD before she proceeded to establishing international connections such as with the US Embassy and the United Nations officials.

Aquino said, the Vice President only met with the enforcement cluster during her stay in ICAD.

“Should she met the four clusters, mas magiging malaki ang kaniyang scope of knowledge kung ano ang drug situation ng Pilipinas, Aquino noted.

“And maybe after meeting the four clusters, sana kung mayroon man siyang ma-i-implement na program or strategy to strengthen the ICAD, sana nagawa,” the PDEA Director General said.

Robredo’s camp, meanwhile, advised her critics to wait for the release of her recommendations and her own report on the status of the drug situation in the country.

“She’ll deliver (her) report soon. I suggest we just wait for that,” her spokesman. Atty. Barry Gutierrez said.

President Rodrigo Duterte sacked Robredo as the anti-drug czar for her ‘missteps’ in handling her position. The PDEA together with the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is now working on the creation of an official database of drug pushers and user in the country which is expected to be released in 2020. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte dares Robredo to expose alleged discovery in PH drug war

Marje Pelayo   •   November 29, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte (R) and Vice President Leni Robredo (L)

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has dared Vice President Leni Robredo to speak up and expose what she claimed as her discoveries in the government’s war on drugs during her short stay as co-chair of the Interagency Committee on Anti-Drugs (ICAD).

“You seem to be na may impormasyon ka, ilabas mo, (You seem to have information, then expose it),” the President said emphatically.

Duterte dismissed Robredo from her post exactly 18 days after he appointed her to the position because the latter’s recent actions and public statements displeased the President especially her communications with officials of the United States and the United Nations.

After her dismissal, Robredo warned to expose what she knows about the controversial anti-drug program.

“Sa mga susunod na araw magbibigay ako ng ulat sa bayan. Sasabihin ko ang aking natuklasan at ang aking mga rekomendasyon,” Robredo said at a press briefing the day after she was fired on November 25.

(In the coming days, I will give a report to the people. I will speak of what I have discovered as well as my recommendation.)

“Kung sa tingin nila matatapos ito dito, hindi nila ako kilala. Nagsisimula pa lamang ako,” she added.

(If they think it will end here, then they don’t know me. This is just the beginning.)

But the President was unfazed by this warning.

He made certain that Robredo was having communications with former Human Rights Watch Asia Head Phelim Kine whom the President considers as among the critics of the government being a prosecutor in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“You talked to almost all people instead of talking to the law enforcement, instead of talking to the barangay captain, instead of talking to people handling the rehabilitation,” he said referring to Robredo.

“I should say, she made an asshole of herself,” the President stressed.

Kine vocally expressed his willingness to go to Manila to help the Vice President in her programs and suggested the arrest of President Duterte and his cohorts because of the alleged human rights violations in the government’s anti-drug campaign. — MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Lacson: Robredo should justify need to divulge drug war findings

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo (L) and Senator Panfilo Lacson (R)

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson believes that Vice President Leni Robredo should justify the need to reveal her findings during her short stint as the co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).

“Kung gagawin ganoon lalong lalala, ang wedge lalapad. It’s her call. Kailangan justify niya rin,” Lacson told reporters at the Senate on Monday when asked for comment on Robredo’s statement.

“But sa akin I don’t think it’s still necessary. What for? Dahil binigyan ka ng katungkulan na gagampanan mo, ngayong natanggal ka, isisiwalat mo ang mga natuklasan mo?” he added.

The senator said if the information will help improve the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, then Robredo should reveal it “by all means.”

“Depende sa anong isisiwalat niya. If it is to destroy or impede ang anti-illegal drugs campaign, huwag naman sana,” he said.

“Pero kung natuklasan niya para ma-enhance ang fight against illegal drugs, then by all means,” he added.

Lacson also said that if Robredo plans to divulge mistakes that would make some people criminally liable then she should have done it while she was still holding the post.

“Pero kung may nakita siyang pagkakamali that would point to several persons that could be held criminally liable, dapat noong nasa position siya,” he said.

The vice president earlier vowed to remain determined to end the killings under the government’s war on drugs despite her termination as ICAD’s co-chairperson.

She also promised to report to the public some information about the drug war and her recommendations.

Over the weekend, Malacañang confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Robredo in response to the opposition’s dare to remove her from post due to lack of trust.

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