Speaker Cayetano slams 'very unfair' Robredo report on drug war

Speaker Cayetano slams 'very unfair' Robredo report on drug war

House Speaker Allan Peter Cayetano has labeled the drug report issued by Vice President Leni Robredo as “very unfair.”

This came about when Vice President Leni Robredo earlier this week has made public his assessment of the ongoing war on drugs program under the Presidency of Rodrigo Roa Duterte and has graded the said policy as a “massive failure.”

“I think very unfair ‘yung assessment kasi ‘yung facts nandun, pero ‘yung conclusion niya does not support the facts (I think the assessment was very unfair because the facts were presented but the conclusion does not support the facts),” Cayetano told reporters.

House Speaker Peter Allan Cayetano and Vice President Leni Robredo
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Cayetano explains that the Vice President failed to compare the results of the anti-drug efforts in the previous Aquino administration and the current Duterte administration as it could be used as a basis to conclude whether the campaign 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 (She did not compare the number of drug suspects arrested during the current and past administration. She did not compare the number of drug operations conducted now and then. She did not compare the death toll during the Aquino administration and current one),” he said.

“So, kung sasabihin niya, palpak ang drug war, ano tawag mo dun sa dating administrasyon? Ultra-palpak o kapalpak-palpakan? (So if she claims that the drug war is a failure, then what do you call the one conducted by the previous administration? Ultra-failure or the failure of failures?),” he added.
The House Speaker also took note of the difficulty to obtain accurate data on illegal drugs in the country given the very nature of the issue, arguing 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 (she said we should have better and more accurate numbers of drug pushers and users... For example, in our case, would someone admit to illegal drug use? We could conduct a survey, but we don’t know if they would answer [truthfully]),” he said.
“So, it is not a guesstimate. Hindi ito hinulaan (This is not a guessing game). It is best, it is an estimate on the best available data. So, do I agree with her na sana mas maganda ‘yung data (that we could have better data)? Yes, but do I blame the government? Hindi, because the nature of it,” he added.

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