Robredo can direct officials to stop killings – Hontiveros

Published November 7, 2019, 10:00 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Richa Noriega

Senator Risa Hontiveros said on Wednesday that Vice President Leni Robredo can direct officials to stop the killings and hold abusive officials accountable on the campaign on illegal drugs.

Senator Risa Hontiveros (Senator Risa Hontiveros Official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)
Senator Risa Hontiveros
(Senator Risa Hontiveros Official Facebook page / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Now with the full support, if the agencies follow her lead she will be able to direct the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to stop the killings [and] to hold abusive officials accountable and to interdict yung mga nag sa-smuggle ng mga shabu at our ports,” Hontiveros said in an interview with CNN Philippines.

Hontiveros, chair of the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality, said that Robredo will be able to give full support with the implementation of the programs of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“She will be able to give full support with [the help of the] Department of Health (DOH) for more community-based and outpatient treatment rehab programs and public health approach to the problematic drug abuse. She will be able to work with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in unclogging our courts and jails of cases and imprisonment of suspected drug users and pushers,” Hontiveros said.

The senator believed that Robredo’s leadership would be more realistic, humane, and effective.

“I’m calling on them to follow her lead … It’s been a war on the poor but I believe that under the leadership of Vice President Leni there would be a realistic, humane, and effective responses,” she said.

On Wednesday, Vice President Leni Robredo has accepted the offer of President Rodrigo Duterte to co-chair the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) until June 30, 2022.

Robredo will co-chair ICAD with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director-General Aaron Aquino.