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Walang patay, magandang buhay! Robredo wants new standard to measure drug war’s success

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Vice President Leni Robredo believes the success of the government’s war on drugs should be measured not by the number of bodies of suspected drug users killed by the police, but by how many lives have been changed by rehabilitation.

Robredo on Thursday (November 7) said she will push for a new standard for measuring the anti-drug campaign’s success as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

“Una, papalitan natin iyong metrics. Iyong metrics, hindi sa numero ng pinapatay, pero iyong metrics, sa numero ng napapabuting mga buhay. Titingnan natin kung seryoso… kung seryoso lahat na sabay-sabay nating pagtutulungan na maayos ito,” she said in an interview in Rizal.

Saying the killings of drug suspects are “unnecessary,” Robredo said on of the first things she will do as ICAD co-chair is ask data from the committee on drug-related killings and law enforcement operations.

She said she wants to know the status of the government’s anti-drug campaign so she will know how to refine it.

“Ang ire-reset lang natin iyong hindi nagwo-work, saka iyong ire-reset natin iyong mga ginagawa na sa labas ng bounds ng rule of law, social justice, saka human rights. Pero iyong lahat na within those bounds, itutuloy natin at lalong ise-strengthen,” she said.

ICAD will have its first meeting with Robredo and her co-chair, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino, Friday (November 8).

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