Vice President Leni Robredo targets to end the killings connected to the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the government after accepting her appointment as co-chairperson of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
Robredo said that the effectiveness of the anti-illegal drugs campaign should be measured by the number of drug personalities rehabilitated and not by the number of suspects killed during police operations.
“Wala sa plano natin ang pagpatay kasi wala iyon sa bounds ng rule of law. Iyon ‘yung ating directive,” Robredo told reporters in Tanay, Rizal.
“Papalitan natin iyong metrics. Hindi ito nasusukat sa dami ng pinatay. Ang metrics natin, dapat iyong numero ng mga napabuti natin ang buhay,” she added.
The Vice President will also push for the government to focus most of their time and resources to hunt down big-time personalities of the illegal drug-trade rather than concentrating on small-time drug pushers.
“Yun ang aking directive. Pero iyong pagpatay, whether malaki o maliit, wala iyon sa usapan,” Robredo stressed.
President Duterte offered to appoint Robredo as drug czar and give her full authority over all anti-drug operations after she questioned the effectiveness of the war on illegal drugs of the Administration during an interview with international news organization Reuters.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said that a total of 5,281 drug personalities were killed and 176,021 suspects were during the conduct of police operations since the Duterte Administration started the war on illegal drugs until February 2019.
However, human rights groups believe that more than 20,000 individuals have been killed because of the intensified anti-illegal drug campaign.
Meanwhile, Robredo denied suspicions that she accepted the position as part of her plans to run in the 2022 national elections.
“Pero madedehado masyado ang ating mga kababayan pag kaming mga nakaupo tinitignan na agad ang 2022,” Robredo said.
The Vice President has asked for a meeting with members of ICAD on Friday, Nov. 8, to discuss the status and programs of the committee chaired by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director Gen. Aaron Aquino.