PDEA, PNP prodded on helping Veep

November 16, 2019
Leni Robredo

AN opposition solon asked the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to cooperate with Vice President Leni Robredo, who was appointed as co-chair of an agency handling the administration’s drug war.

In a statement, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said the delaying tactics of both PDEA and PNP in the release of accurate information on illegal drugs is keeping Robredo from fulfilling her task.

“Concerned agencies like PDEA and PNP cannot blindfold Vice President Leni Robredo in her new role as anti-drug czar and push her to the precipice by denying her the accurate information on illegal drugs,” Lagman said.

Lagman said policy reorientation on the anti-narcotics campaign must be data and evidence-based.

According to the veteran solon, Robredo’s request for a copy of the list of high value targets and drug addicts is essential and not beyond comprehension.

“These data, including the authentic list of casualties in the brutal war on drugs, are indispensable in pursuing non-violent and innovative strategies in the anti-illegal drugs campaign,” Lagman said.

“What makes the narco list inordinately sacrosanct that it should be held close to the chest of PDEA’s Director General Aaron Aquino and Robredo’s co-chair in the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD)?” he asked.

The solon said that without these empirical data, the Vice President will be galloping blindly on a redirected anti-drugs drive.

Earlier, Robredo requested from the PDEA the data about war on drugs under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

The Vice President also wanted Oplan Tokhang to be abolished, charging innocent people were being killed.