Robredo open to US, UN ‘perspective’ in campaign vs illegal drugs

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 09 2019 10:02 PM | Updated as of Nov 10 2019 12:08 AM

MANILA—Vice-President Leni Robredo on Saturday said she will meet with officials from the US Embassy and the United Nations to get different "information and perspective" on the country's drug war.

"Within the week, makikipag-meeting tayo sa officials ng US embassy para maayos ang daloy ng pagtutulungan,” Robredo told reporters during the 14th Indo-Pacific Conference of the Theosophical Society in Quezon City.

"We have to expand our platform and meet with advocates na gustong tumulong. Hindi pwedeng tayo-tayo lang nag-uusap."

Robredo was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

This, after she said the President must stop his "failed" drug war. Robredo later clarified that she meant to urge administration leaders to "step back and assess" the narcotics crackdown.

As ICAD co-chair, Robredo is expected to gain full access to information, including investigation reports into police operations which resulted in deaths.

Human rights groups, local and international, have questioned government figures showing at least 6,000 deaths in the drug war, saying the actual number might be double or even triple the official count.

— With reports from Bianca Dava and Arra Perez, ABS-CBN News