VP Robredo wants to involve private sector in drug war
Marje Pelayo • November 11, 2019 • 403
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)
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday issued a statement commemorating the harrowing events of the Marawi Siege.
“Today, we mark the third anniversary of the Marawi Siege. To this day, the city lies in ruins, and its people’s lives are frozen in time. Many of its residents remain in temporary shelter communities,” Robredo said.
The vice president recalled how the city of Marawi has been suffering “even as we all face the challenges brought about by COVID-19.”
She recounts how events bring people to connect as one.
“The ongoing crisis should have by now made us realize: The suffering of one redounds to the suffering of all. Magkakarugtong ang diwa at pamumuhay ng bawat Pilipino. Ang hamon sa isa ay hamon sa lahat; ang pagpapabaya sa isa ay pagpapabaya sa lahat; ang ginhawa at pag-angat ng mga nasa laylayan ay pag-angat ng lahat. Healing requires the entire nation to bring its resources to bear,” Robredo articulated.
“Let us also remember that temporary shelter communities pose an even more profound challenge given the virality of COVID-19. Any outbreak in these tightly-packed communities will increase the risk for all of us, and affect a public health system that is already under tremendous strain,” she added.
The vice president also touched on the forthcoming celebration of the Muslim holiday, Eid’l Fitr.
“A few days from now, we will celebrate Eid’l Fitr, a Muslim holiday whose message of compassion and inclusiveness should resonate with every Filipino regardless of creed. Three years of inaction and neglect in Marawi is a thousand days too long,” she said.
She also appealed on concerned authorities to fast track their actions to extend help to the people of Marawi.
“We call on all concerned agencies to accelerate their actions while exercising full transparency. Marawi is not merely a tragedy to be remembered; it is an ongoing problem that needs to be solved,” the vice president concluded. — /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo straightforwardly accused Vice President Leni Robredo of just wanting the “spotlight” when she called for a press briefing on Monday (December 16).
Robredo was supposed to reveal what she claims as discoveries that she made about the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign along with her recommendations to improve it.
But the Vice President decided to postpone her announcement because of the recent earthquake in the Mindanao Region.
Yesterday, Panelo questioned Robredo for deferring the announcement.
But the Vice President’s camp countered by accusing Palace officials of lacking compassion for the victims of the earthquake because they are more curious about her report than attending to the needs of the victims.
But according to Secretary Panelo, Robredo “only wants the spotlight.”
“She has deferred her report a number of times, looking for a perfect timing and hoping that people would pay attention to her as she struggles to be relevant, while the government is silently doing its job in addressing the issues our nation faces, such as providing assistance to those who were affected by the recent earthquake,” Panelo said.
The Palace official stressed that whatever Robredo says against the administration’s anti-drug campaign, the government will still address the needs of the earthquake victims as it is mandated to. – MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
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)
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