MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo's estimate that only 1 percent of the total shabu supply in the country was seized in government's drug war was "totally wrong," the Philippine National Police said Tuesday.
PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa made the remark after Robredo, citing police data, said authorities seized only P1.4 billion worth of drugs out of P1.3 trillion circulating in the country every year.
"With all due respect, I beg to disagree with the public relations bombshell of VP Robredo of the national anti-drug campaign as a 'massive failure'," he said.
"Whether her numbers are merely an estimate or the exact value, in any case, the figure derived is totally wrong."
Gamboa said government's anti-narcotics campaign "cannot be a massive failure" when it seized some P40.39 billion worth of drugs, arrested 220,728 drug law violators, and killed some 5,552 drug personalities.
"Ang sa atin na lang dito, how do we quantify the quality of campaign that we did. I already narrated it, the number of drugs confiscated, the number of arrests, the ultimate measurement is the satisfaction of the public, 8 is to 10," he said.
Robredo should have consulted the PNP so it could present the data to her, Gamboa said.
"Eighteen days may not have been enough to make estimates much more assess the success or failure of this national campaign that has been waging for over three years now," he said.
"The PNP is grateful to VP Robredo for her 18-day service as co-chair of ICAD. That is now part of ICAD history that we want to put behind us as we move along to the more serious business of addressing the problem head-on," he added. --Report from Zhander Cayabyab and Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News