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Panelo: Leni’s drug findings ‘a dud’

Malacañang on Monday dismissed Vice President Leni Robredo’s findings and recommendations on the illegal drugs campaign as “a dud”, stressing that she was only trying to be “relevant.”

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Robredo claimed anew that the Duterte administration’s crackdown on illegal drugs is a “failure” because authorities have seized less than one percent of shabu (crystal meth) since 2016.

panelo salvadorPresidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, said what he considered a “failure” was Robredo’s 18-day stint as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
“Palagay ko failure yung pag-upo niya (I think the failure was her appointment there),” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.
He criticized Robredo for implying that her findings contained irregularities she was about to expose when in fact there was clearly nothing new about her report.
“If you notice when she was threatening (about) this report, she implied na meron siyang mga nadiskubreng iregularidad na akala mo’y bombang sasabog sa mukha (that she discovered irregularities you’d think was a bomb that would explode on your face),” Panelo said.
“It’s a dud. Wala naman siyang sinabi dun na bago na hindi tinututukan ng mga ahensiyang involved laban sa droga (She didn’t say anything new which the drug-related agencies are not already addressing),” he added.

Robredo was supposed to release her findings and recommendations on the government’s campaign against illegal drugs last Dec. 16 but postponed it due to the magnitude 6.9 quake that hit Davao del Sur.
Panelo earlier questioned why it took Robredo so long to release the findings, insinuating that her findings could be “fabricated”.
Not a failure
Citing police data, Robredo said only one percent of shabu has been seized in the three-year drug war because around 3,000 kilos of shabu is consumed in the country every week or around 156,000 kilos per year.
Data from the PDEA showed it only seized 1,344 kilos shabu from January to October 2019; 785 kilos in 2018; and 1,053 kilos in 2017, she said.
Robredo added that according to estimates from the Philippine National Police (PNP), around PHP1.3 trillion worth of shabu circulates in the country every year. However, law enforcement only apprehended PHP1.4 billion worth of illegal drugs.
Panelo, however, said this did not immediately mean that the drug campaign is a failure but that there is more work to do.
He explained that it was easy for illegal drugs to enter the country being composed of many islands, but noted that despite this, they were still being captured by authorities.
“Hindi totally eradicated simply because marami pa ring pumapasok pero yung mga pumapasok, nahuhuli pa rin natin (It’s not totally eradicated simply because there are many illegal drugs coming in, but they continue to be caught),” Panelo said.
“It doesn’t mean na (that) failure kahit na (even if it’s just) one percent,” he added, stressing that Robredo failed to see the drug war’s many accomplishments such as having dismantled illegal drug factories, caused the surrender of drug addicts and pushers, and the neutralization of high-value target drug suspects.
He said Robredo also failed to see the thousands of dysfunctional families by reason of the drug syndicate and only focused on families who have lost loved ones involved in the illegal drug trade.
“I think she just wants to be relevant,” he said.
‘Wrong feeling’
Among her recommendations, Robredo said instead of the PDEA, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) should chair the ICAD because it focuses on anti-drug policies while the former focuses on law enforcement.
Panelo shrugged off her recommendation, insisting she could not simply rely on her gut feeling.
“What is her basis for saying that? Did she explain? Bakit yan ang feeling niya (Why does she feel that way)? Wrong feeling,” Panelo said. He said Robredo should have consulted with agencies under the ICAD if they were amenable to her suggestion.
“Sila yung mga nandun sa baba, sila ang magsasabi kung okay yung kaniyang rekomendasyon (They’re the ones on the ground, they’re the ones to say whether her recommendations are okay),” Panelo said.
“These are people knowledgeable given the fact that they’ve been there in the last three and a half years. Sila ang nagbibigay ng rekomendasyon (They give the recommendations),” he added.
Panelo, however, said the Palace remains open to her findings and recommendations if useful.
“This is not to say however na kung meron siyang matinong, magandang mungkahe, hindi natin siya iko-consider (that if she is good suggestions, we won’t consider them),” Panelo said.
“So far, ang nakita ko walang basis (But so far, what I see is there’s no basis),” he added.
Should be thankful
Asked if Robredo’s findings would affect the President’s high trust and approval ratings, Panelo said Duterte’s ratings continued to soar amid criticism from the opposition.
“Nakita mo naman kahit na anong banat nila, naging 87 percent nga, lalo ngang lumaki e (You can see that no matter how much they criticize, his trust rating reached 87 percent, it even increased),” Panelo said.
He, however, said Robredo’s higher trust and approval ratings could be attributed to her drug czar stint.
“Tumaas yung rating ni VP Leni. Tumaas lang yun kasi nabigyan siya ng pagkakataon na maging relevant. Inappoint siya e (Her ratings even increased. It only increased because she was given the opportunity to be relevant. She was appointed),” Panelo said.
“Prior to that, diba bagsak siya ng bagsak. Dapat nga nagpapasalamat siya kay Presidente (her ratings were dropping. She should even thank the President),” he added.
Robredo was appointed as co-chair at ICAD on Oct. 31 to help Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino in efforts to curb the drug menace.
She was fired 19 days later due to alleged “missteps” such as meeting with foreign personalities and groups that have prejudged the drug war and failing to present new measures in curbing the drug proliferation in the country.
Earlier, Panelo said Robredo accepting the role as drug czar was a “golden opportunity” that could even propel her into the presidency. (PNA)


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Senator Christopher “Bong” Go  welcomes the support and assistance of the United States in the country’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.

Go said he is open to the government accepting assistance from any person, party, or country willing to help in the campaign against illegal drugs.

Para sa amin ni Pangulong Duterte, kapakanan ng Pilipino, interes ng Pilipino, yun ang unahin natin. Magtulungan po tayo para sa kapakanan ng bawat Pilipino (For President Rodrigo Duterte and me, the welfare and interest of the Filipino people should be put first. We should help one another for the benefit of every Filipino people),” Go was quoted as saying in a news statement issued on Friday.

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Go welcomed the support and assistance of the United States in the country’s anti-illegal drugs campaign after Vice President Leni Robredo’s meeting with a delegation from the US embassy on Wednesday.
“Kung makakatulong po ang US sa kanilang intelligence gathering or sa research (If the US could help us with their intelligence gathering or research), why not?” Go said.
Robredo has accepted the position of co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD).
The senator has expressed support to the newly-appointed anti-drug czar’s request for an additional budget in the fight against drugs.
Ako, as a legislator, sabi ko full support ako kung ano ang makatutulong, basta ang hangarin ay masugpo ang droga (As a legislator, I give my full support to anything that could help the goal of combatting the drug problem),” Go said.
“Ngayon 82 percent ang sang-ayon sa war on drugs Malay mo maging 90 percent, 100 percent. Tutulong po kami. Basta interes ng Pilipino at wala nang dadagdag pa sa mga bikitima ng droga (Currently, 82 percent are satisfied with the war on drugs. Probably, it could still go up to 90 or 100 percent. We would help achieve that. As long as it is in the interest of the Filipinos and there would no longer be additional victims of drugs),” he added. (PNA)


Duterte offers to make Vice President ‘drug czar’ for 6 months


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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he is willing to give Vice President Leni Robredo six months to take over his administration’s aggressive crackdown on illegal drugs.

Duterte said he has asked Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to send Robredo a letter which indicates that he is willing to “surrender” his powers to let Robredo take charge of the anti-illegal drugs campaign.
“I’m sending a letter to her through Secretary Medialdea. I will surrender my powers to enforce the law. Ibigay ko sa Vice President (I will give it to the Vice President),” Duterte said in a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed government officials.
“Ibigay ko sa kanya mga six months. Siya ang magdala. Tingnan natin kung ano ang mangyari. Hindi ako makialam. Sige, gusto mo? Mas bright ka? Sige. Ikaw. Subukan mo (I’ll give it to her for six months. She takes charge. Let’s see what happens. I won’t interfere. You want it? You’re brighter than me? You, try it for yourself),” he added.
However, in a chance interview after his speech, Duterte clarified that he meant that he could commission Robredo as drug czar and let her take over “all anti-drug activities” of government.
“I do not surrender anything. I said if she wants, I can commission her to be the drug czar,” Duterte told reporters.
Duterte said he decided to let Robredo take over following her recent statement in a Reuters interview about the “failed drug war” which “targeted the poor rather than big drug networks”.
“Ngayon mas marunong ka man sa akin (Now, if you know how to do it better than me) I’ll hand in to you full powers sa (on) drugs. I’ll give you six months. Tingnan natin kung kaya mo (Let’s see if you can do it),” Duterte said.
The President said he wanted to give Robredo a “clean slate” so that she could prove that she could do a better job in cracking down on the illegal drug trade.
“Sinabi ko sa kanya (I told her that) I’m ready to give you, to concede to you powers that would cover all anti-drug activities by the government,” Duterte said.
Duterte said even if Robredo would decline his offer, he would not ask her to stop criticizing his handling of the anti-drug campaign.
“This a democracy. Nobody but nobody can order anybody to shut up,” Duterte said.
Earlier, Robredo clarified that she did not want the drug war to stop but merely wanted it “reassessed” given the rising number of drug-related deaths in the country. (PNA)

DUTERTE TO UN RIGHTS BODY: You must be stupid

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I will only face trial in a Philippine court presided by a Filipino judge and prosecuted by a Filipino, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday, July 17.

Duterte made this comment after the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted a resolution seeking to look into human rights violations in the country in relation to the administration’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.
“Look, as I have told you before ladies and gentlemen of the world, kasali na ‘yang including) — and all the governments there, I will only face a — be tried or face a trial in a Philippine court presided by a Philippine, Filipino judge, prosecuted by a Filipino,” said Duterte in a TV interview with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in Davao City.
“I will not answer a Caucasian asking question, or white man there. You must be stupid. Who are you? I am a Filipino, we have our courts here. Why would you have to bring me somewhere else? I would not like that,” he added.
He said he does not see the need to face the international tribunal since Philippine courts were functioning.
“It’s working, I know it’s working, justice is working here,” Duterte said.
Duterte, a former prosecutor, said they could only prosecute him if there is a “total breakdown of justice in the country” and if Philippine courts are not willing to prosecute him.
Moreover, he said the international tribunal had no idea about the “real situation” going on in the Philippines and that he is willing to lecture them on the finer points of international law.
“You just don’t know the real situation. You better study I said, that’s why… And then you force me to defend myself before you? Who are you?” Duterte said.
Duterte, meanwhile, blamed the opposition slate for “itching to go to trial” saying he would “love to debate with them anytime”.
Earlier, Duterte said he was “seriously considering” cutting ties with Iceland after it sponsored a resolution at the UNHRC to look into the Duterte administration’s drug war.
He added the Nordic state does not share the Philippines’ problem on illegal drugs. (PNA)