Cayetano says Robredo 'all talk' as drug war co-chair

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 11 2019 04:07 PM

MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo's work as co-chair of government's anti-narcotics drive has so far been "all talk," House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Monday.

Robredo, who defeated Cayetano in the 2016 elections, accepted last week her designation as co-chair of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).

"Nung tinanggap niya parang mas marami pang oras sa harap ng camera at mas marami pang statement kaysa trabaho," Cayetano told reporters in a chance interview.

(When she accepted the post, it seems she has more time to face the camera make statements than work.)

"Sinabi niya i-abolish yung Oplan Tokhang eh ako i-abolish muna yung Oplan All Talk-hang kasi all talk."

(She called for the abolishment of Oplan Tokhang, I call for the abolishment of "Oplan Talk-hang" because she's all talk.)

Cayetano also warned Robredo that she may end up revealing government operations to drug lords.

"Gusto mo mamulitika, parating nasa harap ng media okay. Pero gusto mo sa drug war, pwede ba naman yun na nababasa ng mga drug lord yung gagawin mo announce ka ng announce operations?" he said.

(If you want to do politicking, be always in front of the media, that's okay. But if you're in the drug war, is it okay to announce operations when it could be read by drug lords?)

The Speaker, however, conceded that the drug war suffers from some problems, which Robredo should focus on.

He, meanwhile, rejected her proposal to have all law enforcers in drug operations wear body cameras, citing possible danger to policemen.

"It's not done around the world why should we be the first, especially kung ma-endanger ang buhay ng law enforcers natin (if it endangers the lives of our law enforcers)?" he said.

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

The official ICAD figure is 5,779 deaths as of Oct. 31, said Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, spokesman of the Philippine National Police, which initially placed the number at 6,600. -- Report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News