Drug czar stint not a wasted opportunity - Robredo

Drug czar stint not a wasted opportunity - Robredo

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo is as always made sure she will have the last say about her erstwhile 8 day stint as the country’s dug czar.

She finds that time was worthwhile and not a wasted opportunity as she was able to “discover” the lapses in President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s controversial war on drugs and draw up recommendations to make the campaign “more humane and effective.”

“My 18 days with ICAD gave me the platform to push for a better strategy and to make the campaign more humane and effective,” the 54-year-old Robredo said.
Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo
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She explains that she has no regrets in taking the challenge of the Duterte government of taking the Drug czar post despite the warnings from her allies and even if she knew from the beginning she would not get the President’s full trust and support.
“Despite the unfriendly environment, I still grabbed the chance because I believe it was a big opportunity to us to assess what was being done and to influence a change of policy to finally put an end to the brutal killings that was happening in our midst,” Robredo said.

“I knew that I would not be given much time, so even with the limitations and the unrelenting condescension and mansplaining, I got down to business as soon as I got appointed: reaching out to the agencies involved in the campaign, to the organizations and sectors that have a stake in this fight and to the communities, both deeply affected by and thriving against the drug problem,” she said.
“Walang tapon sa 18 days na iyon (There was nothing wasted in those 18 days),” Robredo, one of the staunch critics of Duterte’s war on drugs, said.
“At the very least, I am glad that we were able to start putting things in order, to synchronize the many uncoordinated parts that are supposed to be under ICAD’s supervision,” she added.
Vice President Robredo believes the government alone cannot end the illegal drugs problem in the country.

“I know how important this fight is for our countrymen. And as I have said before, this is not just the fight of the government but of the entire nation,” she said.
“My whirlwind stint in ICAD has only inspired me to continue taking on the advocacy of pushing for an evidence-based, data-driven and more effective campaign against illegal drugs,” she said. 
“While we have long been working with various groups who share the same advocacy, the time I spent in ICAD has given me a better perspective of how we can push for a more humane and responsive anti-drug campaign. We will continue to pursue this,” she said.

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