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Dapat ayon sa batas! VP Robredo vows ‘same intensity’ as she pushes for a better anti-drug campaign

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Vice President Leni Robredo assured that she is committed to pursuing the fight against illegal drugs, but reiterated that she will continue to push the battle to a better, more humane direction.

“’Yong pinakaklaro na mensahe natin sa kanila, ‘yong laban sa ilegal na droga will continue with the same vigor, with the same intensity, with the same strength. Ang iibahin talaga natin, ‘yong manner by which ginagawa ito,” Robredo told reporters on Thursday (November 7, 2019), a day after she accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge to lead the government’s anti-drug campaign.

“Klaro sa aking pananalita kahapon na ‘yong number one na concern natin ‘yong patayan. Kasi naniniwala ako na kaya nating ituloy ‘yong laban with the same vigor, na within the bounds of rule of law, human rights, ‘yong standards of procedure,” she added.

For her first order of business as co-chair, the Vice President is calling the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs for a meeting on Friday (November 8, 2019), in a bid to assess how the anti-drug campaign has been conducted over the past three and a half years.

Robredo—whose requests for data on the Duterte drug war had been previously ignored—reiterated the importance of having the correct information and assessment of the campaign, in order to better strategize. The Vice President, in particular, expressed her intent to learn more about the law enforcement side.

“So ‘yon ‘yong aalamin natin, ano ba ‘yong metrics na ginagamit ngayon, bakit ba nahayaan na for the past three years, napakaraming patayan na nangyayari. ‘Yon ‘yong mga gusto nating alamin,” she said.

“Alam ko na maraming mga members sa ICAD na may kaniya-kaniya nang programang ginagawa. ‘Yon ‘yong titingnan natin. Titingnan natin kung may unified na rules of procedure sa mga law enforcement agencies, kasi ‘yong naging problema in the past nandoon talaga… ‘Yong magagandang mga ginagawa, patuloy ‘yon. Ang kailangan lang nating i-refocus ‘yong mga may problemang aspects,” she added.

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