Vice President Leni Robredo yesterday called for a revamp to the illegal drugs war crackdown and an end to its “senseless” killing.
On Wednesday, Robredo accepted her appointment by President Duterte as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs.
Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon said Robredo’s “surprising and positive response to the President’s invitation to lead the government’s failed drug war, simply shows her sincerity, maturity and clarity of purpose.”
“We pray for her and give her our total support. With her in the picture, we hope that the government’s campaign will be guided by moral principles, respect for life and human rights and gain credibility,” Buzon said.
Critics have warned that the job to co-lead the committee overseeing the crackdown may be a trap to tarnish Robredo, but she has voiced hope that it is an opening for change.
“It's time to think about a new campaign which is more effective, but no one is dying senselessly,” she said ahead of her first meeting with the body, that includes top law enforcement officials.
“I believe that in all police operations, anything can happen, but we oppose deliberate and planned killings of innocent people,” Robredo said.
Robredo said she saw her appointment “as a signal that the president is open to listen to a fresh perspective about the entire campaign”.
“Drugs are the enemy here. We are not at war with our countrymen,” she added.
Amnesty International also took a supportive view of Robredo's new post, calling it proof that “global pressure is having an effect, and that the public mood in the Philippines is turning against the flawed approach of the so-called ‘war on drugs.’”*CPG/AFP
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