Sotto disputes Robredo claim on drug war

SENATE President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III yesterday said that the drug problem in the country could not be explained by mere numbers.

“The drug problem is not explained by numbers alone. It is deeper than mere arithmetic,” Sotto said.

Sotto was reacting to Vice President Leni Robredo’s pronouncement that the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugsis  a “massive failure.”

Sotto said the high approval ratings of President Rodrigo Duterte throughout the first half of his term “is incompatible with a grand failure accusation.”

“The President’s high approval ratings after 3 years, is incompatible with a grand failure accusation. The truth is found in the stories of families at home and the changes in their neighborhood. Dati takot ang mga tao sa adik; ngayon ang adik ang takot,” he added.

The Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs has earned widespread criticism from international organizations and local rights groups.

Over 5,500 individuals have been killed in the drug war, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, but human rights groups asserted that the death toll has already reached 27,000.