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Aquino orders ICAD members to ‘follow’ Robredo’s drug war recommendations

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By Prince Golez

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino, also the chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee Against Illegal Drugs (ICAD), has asked all members of the ICAD to “comply” with Vice President Leni Robredo’s recommendations on how to improve the government’s drug war.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Aquino said Robredo, who served for 19 days as ICAD co-chair, submitted two reports to President Rodrigo Duterte following her separate meetings with the anti-drug body and its law enforcement cluster.

“After the mother ICAD meeting and the law enforcement meeting, nagpadala ang ating Vice President ng dalawang report sa dalawang meeting na yun. Yung report pinadala niya sa ating Presidente at nakasaad doon kung ano ang nakita niya na dapat ayusin,” according to him.

“Yung mga recommendations niya, for example, yung nakita niya there is no baseline of drug users and drug pushers,” he said.

Aquino shared that the Dangerous Drugs Board is now conducting a nationwide survey to determine the number of drug users and drug pushers in the country. The results of which are expected to come out in the first quarter of 2020.

“If it would be beneficial to ICAD, why not? Let’s follow her recommendations… I asked them (ICAD members) to comply with the concerned agencies kung ano ang dapat i-comply doon,” he said.

When asked to assess Robredo’s overall performance as ICAD co-chair, the PDEA official said: “Sana she should have met all the four clusters. Sana inasikaso muna niya ang ICAD which is a very, very important committee so she could learn from there.”

The Vice President only met with officials of the enforcement cluster of the ICAD. Other clusters of ICAD operations include justice, advocacy, and rehabilitation and reintegration.

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