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Vice President Leni Robredo believes the Duterte administration’s war on drugs is a failure, though she insists she doesn’t want it stopped.

In an interview on ANC’s “Headstart” Monday (October 28), Robredo said the number of illegal drug users remains high three years after the drug war started.

“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.

Robredo noted that from around 1.6 million drug users in 2016, no less than President Rodrigo Duterte said the number of addicts rose to some 7 to 8 million during his term.

For the Vice President, the administration’s strategy to fight illegal drugs is too focused on going after drug pushers.

“Ang… ang paniniwala ko, ang criminal justice approach, dapat gamitin iyon para sa mga drug suppliers and drug dealers. Pero as far as iyong… iyong drug addicts are concerned, it should be treated as an addiction, eh. Dapat mas heavy on community-based prevention,” she said.

Robredo, however, stressed that she isn’t for halting the war on drugs.

“[I]t’s time for government to step back and assess kung ano iyong kulang, kung ano iyong mali,” she said.

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