Robredo reiterates call to human rights in pursuing anti-drug campaign


A DAY after President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second State of the Nation Address (SONA), Vice President Leni Robredo reiterated the need to uphold the human rights in pursuing the president’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“Ako po naniniwala ako na sa pagpapatupad ng anti-drug campaign, sa pag-aayos ng peace and order, hindi pa rin dapat labagin iyong karapatang pantao (I believe that in the implementation of the anti-drug campaign, in ensuring peace and order, human rights must still be upheld),” Robredo said.

The vice president also stressed that the rule of law is dictated in the 1987 Constitution.

“Ito naman iyong sandata ng mahihirap natin na mga kababayan laban sa pang-aabuso ng mga nasa kapangyarihan (This is the weapon of our poor countrymen against abuses committed by the powerful),” she said.

Duterte used much of his two-hour speech to talk about his flagship program against illegal drugs and further pounced on his critics for their stand on the premise of human rights and the rule of law.

The two highest officials in the Philippine government do not have the same views when it comes to the situation of the illegal drug problem and human rights.

The vice president, who has repeatedly slammed Duterte’s brutal drug war, has said that the drug problem should be addressed using a “health-based approach.”

Robredo has since initiated the creation of a community-based rehabilitation program, through the local government units and civic organizations.

Earlier, the vice president said that illegal drug problem is a “complex public-health issue linked intimately with poverty and social inequality” that needs to be addressed appropriately instead of using bullets.

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