VP slam critics of her drug report: “They probably haven’t read it yet’

Published January 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Noreen Jazul

Vice President Leni Robredo said that what she called a “massive failure” was the “supply side” of the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign, and not its entirety.

Vice President Leni Robredo talked about her stint as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) and her report on the government's campaign against illegal drugs during the weekly Kapihan sa Manila Bay, hosted and moderated by Philippine Star's Marichu Villanueva, held at Cafe Adriatico in Malate, Manila on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. (Photo by Jay Ganzon / OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President Leni Robredo
(Photo by Jay Ganzon / OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Iyong sinasabi nila na ‘massive failure,’ kung binasa nila yung report, makikita nila na yung sinabi ko lang na massive failure yung supply side at hindi iyong buong kampanya,” Robredo told Unang Hirit on Monday.

(What they said about ‘massive failure,’ if they read the report, they would see that all I called a massive failure was the supply side and not the entire campaign.)

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In fact, Robredo said she even recognized the contributions of the member agencies of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) that she co-chaired for 18 days in November last year.

“Ang sinasabi ko lang doon na ‘massive failure’ ay yung supply side and ang datos galing din naman sa kanila, at sila iyong nag bigay sa akin ng datos na ilan na ‘yung nasamsam, galing din sa pulis,” she said.

(All I said about ‘massive failure’ was the supply side, and the data I used came from them, and they gave me some collected data from the police.)

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Robredo also said that critics of her report probably have not yet read it fully.

“Tingin ko ‘yung lahat na tinutuligsa yung report, n’ung tinutuligsa nila ito, di pa nila nababasa,” Robredo said, adding that agencies like the Department of Justice and the Philippine National Police have recognized her report. (I think everyone criticizing the report, when they were criticizing it, they hadn’t read it yet.)

“Kapag binasa mo iyong report, walang pulitika doon. Pag binasa mo iyong report, talagang lahat iyon rekomendasyon.” (If you read the report, there’s no politics in it, just recommendations.)

Robredo also said all data used in the report were official.

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“Dapat mas mahaba iyon, pero inalis namin yung mga ‘di namin na vet na figures kung official. Halimbawa, yung mga extrajudicial killings…wala doon [sa report] kasi wala kaming mahanap na official data,” she said.

(The report should have been longer, but we did not include figures that we hadn’t vetted were official. For example, the extra-judicial killings are not in the report because we couldn’t find official data about it.)

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