Philippines: President Duterte’s fierce rival turns into new drug czar

Philippine Vice-President Leni Robredo (left) and Philippine President Rodrigo DutertePicture copyright
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Leni Robredo (left) and Rodrigo Duterte are fierce political rivals


An outspoken critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug battle has accepted his provide to assist steer the marketing campaign.

Vice-President Leni Robredo will now co-chair the federal government committee tackling the issue.


“I wish to… cease the killing of innocents and convey to account abusive officers,” she stated on Wednesday.

Critics say 1000’s of alleged drug suspects have died in controversial police operations since 2016.

President Duterte launched the anti-narcotics marketing campaign to take care of a rampant drug drawback within the nation.

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Human rights teams allege most of the killings within the operations quantity to abstract executions, carried out with out giving the suspects an opportunity to defend themselves in a courtroom of legislation.

The UN and the Worldwide Prison Courtroom are each at present analyzing the allegations.

However President Duterte’s drug battle has the overwhelming assist of Filipinos.

What did Leni Robredo say?

At a information convention on Wednesday, Mrs Robredo stated she needed to “repair the marketing campaign towards unlawful medication”.

“If I can save even one harmless life, my ideas and coronary heart inform me to attempt,” she stated.

Mrs Robredo was final week challenged by the president to tackle a “drug czar” function after she had stated his medication coverage “clearly wasn’t working”.

She is seen as the primary political rival of Mr Duterte, who received the presidential elections in 2016.

Mrs Robredo was elected vice-president in a separate race the identical yr.

Critics describe Mrs Robredo’s appointment as a “lure” by the president who desires to tarnish his political rival.

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