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‘’Wag na ‘yung patayan’ | VP Robredo hopes safeguards in place as PNP returns to drug war

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Vice President Leni Robredo said she is hoping that safeguards will now be in place as the Philippine National Police returns to the administration’s war against drugs.

In a radio interview in Isabela on Wednesday (December 6, 2017), Robredo noted that the spate of killings connected to the drug war has caused fear, especially among poor communities.

“Sigurado ako na may dahilan kung bakit sa kanila ibinalik, pero iyong sa atin, tumitiwala tayo na iyong safeguards para hindi na maulit iyong dating patayan na walang dahilan—para hindi na maulit iyong extrajudicial killings—nandoon,” she said. “Kasi ito pong mga bagay na ito, ito iyong nagko-cause ng pagkakawatak-watak nating mga Pilipino.”

The Vice President said the killings, carried out by rogue policemen, have not only tarnished the reputation of the PNP, but also a divide among Filipinos.

She also called on the administration anew to give more importance to rehabilitation efforts for drug surrenderees.

Robredo issued the comments after President Rodrigo Duterte formally brought the police back in the drug war. However, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency remains the lead in the administration’s centerpiece program.

The PNP is eyed to give “active support” to PDEA in the conduct of anti-drug operations, said Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, who noted that the police will have to “consult” the lead agency before pursuing their operations.