Cayetano wishes drug czar Robredo good luck
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
MANILA – House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has sent message of encouragement to Vice President Leni Robredo a day after she formally accepted the offer of President Rodrigo Duterte to co-chair the Interagency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
According to Cayetano, it’s now time for Robredo “to show how she can contribute” solution in the country’s drug mess.
“We pray that she succeeds. Bakit po? From the start, kaya nga binoto ng tao si President Duterte, gustong mawala ang droga sa ating bansa,” said Cayetano.
“We wish that she will succeed,” he added.
Cayetano said he wish and pray the Vice President “she learns more about the drug problem and be able to contribute.”
“It’s good kung sa umpisa ilatag na niya kung anong views niya para klaro sa ating lahat, kasi hindi naman puwedeng pagpasok ng co-chair, mag-away-away ‘yung inter-agency, no, pero dapat ‘yung inter-agency naman, bukas ang isipan,” Cayetano. said.
“As co-chair, nandiyan ang power. Pwede niyang i-guide. ‘Yung sinasabi nilang, siguro the first step, ano ba ‘yung sinasabi nilang health-based approach?” he added.
The House leader earlier noted that Robredo and her allies, especially Sen. Risa Hontiveros and western human rights advocates prefer a health-based approach in fighting drug syndicate.
“Kasi ang nabasa kong health-based approach na galing sa Europe, sa ibang mga partido na merong links din sa Liberal Party, no, ang sinasabi nilang health-based approach, ‘yun pong merong mga safe areas or kumbaga sa atin, parang smoking area na doon pwede ka magturok na malinis ang needle, at pwede kang mag-morphine or cocaine or mag-kung ano man,” said Cayetano
The said approach according to Cayetano also include legalization and decriminalization of illegal drug use which he believed would be a disaster in the making for the country.
In 2017, Robredo herself suggested that decriminalizing drug use could be better alternative to killing drug addicts and pushers, citing the program being implemented in Portugal.