MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredo is doing ‘good’ so far in her first week leading the government’s crackdown on illegal drugs, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
Robredo is on a right track conducting meetings with government and international agencies, including the United States Embassy and with a representative from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, said Panelo in a television interview on Thursday.
“Six days pa lang, syempre titingnan mo muna ang sitwasyon, kung ano ang gagawin mo. Tama ang ginagawa niya,” the Palace spokesperson told CNN Philippines’ The Source.
President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs after the latter criticized the government’s bloody war on drugs as a failure in an interview with Reuters.
Panelo said that President Duterte offered the post to give the second-highest official of the land a chance to solve the drug problem her way.
“‘Yung war on drugs, continuing ‘yun at successful ‘yun. But since the VP said that para sa kanya, ineffective and then sabi niya let’s try different tacks, so sabi ni Presidente baka meron kang mas magandang (solusyon),” Panelo said.
The Philippine National Police reported 6,600 have been killed in anti-drug operations, but human rights organizations pegged the deaths at more than 27,000./PN