Robredo can do 'much better job' than Duterte in solving drug crisis, says ally


Posted at Nov 04 2019 12:22 PM

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MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo could do a "much better job" than President Rodrigo Duterte in solving the country's illegal drug crisis, a senator said Monday.

Robredo is capable of leading a "public health approach with harm reduction, rules-based law enforcement and judicial reform" in addressing the drug problem, according to her ally Sen. Risa Hontiveros.

Duterte had offered a drug czar post to Robredo, who earlier criticized his war on drugs as "obviously, not working."

"Kung seryoso man talaga yung offer na yan ni Presidente, VP Leni could do a much better job at addressing problematic drug use than the Pres has shown so far in 3 years," Hontiveros told ANC's Early Edition.

"Siya (Duterte) lang naman nangako ng 6 months diba? So the more time given to VP Leni to address in fact any of our societal problems, I think she’ll do a much better job."

The Vice President had doubted the sincerity of Duterte’s offer, saying if the President's anti-drug campaign was a success, he would not have delegated it. 

Detained Sen. Leila de Lima, another opposition member, said Duterte's offer was just a "silly trap."