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Tulong-tulong! ‘Overwhelmed’ by offers to help, VP Robredo eyes inclusion of sectors, advocates in gov’t’s anti-drug campaign

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A true believer of collaboration, Vice President Leni Robredo is eyeing to make the government’s efforts against illegal drugs more inclusive for various sectors that wish to help.

This, as messages of support and welcome pour in for the Vice President, after she stepped up to the challenged posed by President Rodrigo Duterte in making her the country’s “drug czar”.

“‘Yong nakaka-overwhelm, kasi right after the announcement, talagang sumasabog ‘yong mga telepono namin. Ang daming hindi lang nagko-congratulate, pero ang daming nagvo-volunteer na magtrabaho. So gusto nating i-take advantage iyon,” she told reporters Thursday (November 7, 2019).

“Gusto nating i-broaden ‘yong mga nagpaplano, na bigyan ng puwang ‘yong civil society, ‘yong faith-based organizations, ‘yong mga advocates. Kasi maraming mga private organizations na marami ding ginagawa, eh. So gusto nating ipahiwatig na mensahe: hindi lang ito laban ng ICAD, hindi lang ito laban ng Pangulo, pero laban natin itong lahat, kaya kailangan nating pagtulungan,” she added.

Robredo, who has been designated as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, also vowed to push for transparency in the conduct of the anti-drug campaign—a seeming response to confusing statistics and problematic aspects of the Duterte drug war, which she herself has criticized.

“Gusto natin mas maging transparent… Kasi iyong transparency, ‘yon ‘yong nakakatulong din sa accountability. Gusto natin transparent ‘yong proseso, transparent ‘yong policies,” she said.

“[T]ingin natin mas mararamdaman ng bawat isa sa ating mga kababayan na laban natin itong lahat kapag naiintindihan nila kung ano iyong nangyayari at saan tayo patutungo,” she added.

The Vice President said this will begin at the first meeting she has called as ICAD co-chair, set on Friday (November 8, 2019).

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