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Porke ginawang drug czar? Robredo backtracks on remark about drug war being a failure

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Is Vice President Leni Robredo softening her criticism of the drug war now that she oversees it?

Robredo on Friday (November 8) backtracked on her statement that the drug war was a failure, saying there was only a need to reassess the government’s strategy against illegal drugs.

In a press briefing after her first meeting with officials of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), Robredo was asked by ANC anchor Christian Esguerra if her thoughts on the drug war being a failure has changed.

Robredo responded: “Una, kaklaruhin ko, I did not say that. Iyong sinabi ko exactly was there was a need to reassess given the numbers that they’ve been giving to us.”

In an October 28 interview on ANC’s “Headstart,” Robredo described the drug war as a failure since the number of illegal drug users remains high three years into President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.

“It failed in the sense that it has not… it has not… successfully curbed the number of drug users that… that should have been curbed from the very start. Kasi iyong numbers nga, rising, eh,” she said.

In the press briefing, Robredo said there was a need for the government to clarify its statistics about the illegal drugs problem in the country to know its extent.

She said there was a discrepancy in the figures quoted by government officials, with President Rodrigo Duterte pegging the number of drug addicts at between seven and eight million, while the Dangerous Drugs Board only put it at 1.6 million.

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