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Published: 2019-12-10   

Robredo drug war report out next week

ABS-CBN News | News & Public Advisories

10-December-2019

MANILA — Vice President Leni Robredo said Tuesday she would release next week her report about the government’s anti-narcotics drive, from which she was recently fired.

The report will contain recommendations on how to improve the campaign that has killed thousands of drug addicts, Robredo told reporters.

“Walang dapat matakot,” the Vice President said of her report. “Medyo nakakatawa nga na parang yung mga anticipation dito parang nanakot ako, wala naman tayong tinatakot.”

(No one should be afraid. It’s a bit funny that the anticipation here is that I appear to be making a threat. We are not threatening anyone.)

President Rodrigo Duterte in November tapped Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, only to fire her after 18 days due to various “missteps” including her meeting with United Nation officials who “already pre-judged the war on drugs,” said his spokesperson, Salvador Panelo.

The UN Human Rights Council in July approved a resolution to investigate the anti-narcotics drive. Meanwhile, the International Criminal Court is conducting a preliminary examination of allegations of crimes against humanity.

The government insisted both groups were biased.

Robredo said she would continue pushing for a community-based rehabilitation that treats drug addiction as a public health issue and not a purely law enforcement problem.

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