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Palace unimpressed by Leni’s drug war report

The drug war report given by Vice President Leni Robredo turned out to be a “dud” since there was nothing new about her report, Malacanang said yesterday.

Unimpressed with her report, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo instead fired back at Robredo for being a “failure” during her brief stint as co-chair of the anti-drug committee.

“When she was threatening this report, she implied na mayroon siyang mga nadiskubre na iregularidad na akala mo’y bombang sasabog sa mukha. It’s a dud. Wala naman siyang sinabi doon na bago na hindi tinututukan ng mga ahensiya ng involved sa laban sa droga,” Panelo said.

Panelo strongly disputed Robredo’s claim that government’s war on drug has been a failure. He said if the administration’s anti-drug campaign was not a success, all families should have been affected by illegal drugs by now.
“Palagay ko ‘yung failure ‘yung pag-upo niya,” Panelo retorted.

To counter Robredo’s allegation, Panelo highlighted the government has actually made headway in the anti-drug campaign, citing the arrest of many drug offenders and dismantling of drug laboratories.

“The fact remains that we have dismantled so many illegal drug factories. The fact remains that we have also caused the surrender of thousands of drug addicts and pushers,” he said.

“The fact remains that due to many police operations, there have been casualties by reason of violent reaction to entrapment operations and arrests of these people involved in drugs. Also even high value drug suspects have been neutralized. These are the facts,” he added. (Genalyn Kabiling)