Cayetano Slams Robredo's Report on Drug War: "Very Unfair yung Assessment Niya.."

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano | Vice President Leni Robredo | Photo credit to the owner
On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano described Vice President Leni Robredo's assessment to President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war as "very unfair", following the Vice President's pronouncement that the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign was "a massive failure".

Robredo, who served as co-chairperson of ICAD for 18 days, claimed Monday that the Duterte administration’s three-year drug war only seized less than 1 percent of the total shabu supply in the country.

Citing police data, she said the approximate consumption of shabu in the country is 3,000 kilos weekly or about 156,000 kilos a year.

The Vice President also noted that only PHP1.4 billion worth of illegal drugs has been apprehended, despite the fact that around PHP1.3 trillion worth of shabu circulates nationwide. 

Vice President Leni Robredo | Photo credit to Rappler
"I think very unfair ‘yung assessment kasi ‘yung facts nandun, pero ‘yung conclusion niya does not support the facts ", said Cayetano during an interview.

Cayetano said Robredo neglected to compare the aftereffects of the anti-drug efforts in the past and present administration as it could be used as a premise to finish up whether the drug war was successful or not.

“Hindi naman niya na-compare ‘yung dami ng hinuli ngayon sa dami ng hinuli nung past administration. Hindi niya na-compare ‘yung dami ng drug operation ngayon sa dami ng drug operation dati. Hindi niya na-compare ‘yung dami ng patay during the Aquino administration at ngayon” he added.

He then slams the vice president and asked that if she claims the drug campaign is a failure now, then what does she call the one conducted by the former admin.

“So, kung sasabihin niya, palpak ang drug war, ano tawag mo dun sa dating administrasyon? Ultra-palpak o kapalpak-palpakan?, the speaker exclaimed.

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano | Photo credit to Business Mirror
Cayetano additionally noticed that it is really hard to get precise information on the country's illegal drugs given the very nature of the issue, hence, contending that other countries only present estimates.

"Ang sabi niya, we should have better and more accurate numbers of ilan ang pusher at saka user... Dito lang ho sa atin, kung may gumagamit ngayon, may aamin ba? Pwede ka magpa-survey, pero kahit sa survey, hindi mo alam kung sasagot ." he said.

Likewise, the speaker stressed that the facts about the drug campaign is not a guessing game and the present government should not be blamed for it. 

“So, it is not a guesstimate. Hindi ito hinulaan. It is best, it is an estimate on the best available data. So, do I agree with her na sana mas maganda ‘yung data? Yes, but do I blame the government? Hindi, because the nature of it,” Cayetano added.

He then asked Robredo to attend a congressional hearing to present the facts on the administration's crackdown against illegal drugs.

“It’s a non-confrontational hearing, but more of, sige, let’s have PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency) there, let’s have PNP (Philippine National Police), let’s have ICAD (Inter-Agency Committee on Illegal Drugs), let’s have her. Ilabas lahat ng facts.” he said.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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