Leni report on drug war out next week

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    VICE President Leni Robredo said yesterday she is most likely to make public her report and recommendations on the government’s drug war on Monday, a few days after the closing of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games which the country is hosting.

    “Iyong ulat hinihintay lang natin matapos ‘yung SEA Games, matatapos siya on Thursday, pero nasa Basilan at Marawi kasi ako so probably sa Monday gagawin dahil wala ako the rest of the week (The report will probably be made on Monday because I’ll be in Basilan and Marawi the rest of the week. We’re just waiting for the SEA Games to finish),” Robredo told reporters.

    Robredo made the statement at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) headquarters in Quezon City where the International Human Rights Day was celebrated.

    The Vice President said the report will cover all her 18 days as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

    Robredo said the report will be more “recommendatory,” discussing the programs she would have wanted to undertake if she was not fired by President Duterte.

    “Ano iyong nakita natin na tingin natin dapat gawin para mapabuti iyong kampanya kontra sa ilegal na droga (It’s about what we think should be done to improve the campaign against illegal drugs),” she said when asked what the report will contain.

    Robredo’s office was prepared to make the report as early as the last week of November but decided against it to avoid taking the limelight away from the 2019 SEA Games.

    The Vice President earlier said she was baffled because Malacañang seemed to be so rattled after she announced that she will make public what she has discovered about the drug war during her stint in the ICAD.

    Robredo has already made it clear that she is not reporting her findings to threaten anyone but to help the government improve its campaign against prohibited drugs.

    After she was fired, Robredo warned the administration that she was not one to back down from a good fight, saying “she’s just getting started.”

    She then promised to make a report to the public on her discoveries about the government’s war against illegal drugs and give her recommendations on how to improve the campaign, especially on the aspect of handling drug suspects and users.

    Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo has said the President has nothing to hide and that he simply lost trust with Robredo due to various “missteps,” such as her alleged failure to present her drug plan to him and her meeting with officials of the United Nations.