VP Leni ‘misled’ in understanding anti-drug campaign: DDB

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The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) said it was “saddened” to know the views made by Vice-President Leni Robredo saying government’s drug war is a “failure and a dent on the country’s international image,” Saturday, October 27.

The DDB released a statement saying, “It seems that up until now, the vice president is misled in understanding the anti-drug campaign. Authorities continue to address the domestic drug issues using a holistic, balanced and comprehensive approach.”

“It appears that VP Robredo is only looking at the one side of the campaign. While enforcement issues are more evident, we cannot discount the successes we have gained in the demand reduction part of the campaign,” the agency added.

In line with this, the Vice-President urge President Duterte to allow the United Nations to look in the illegal-drug war, and terminate it because it was “obviously not working,” Robredo added.

On the other hand, Presidential spox, Salvador Panelo, trashed Robredo’s remark and said it has no factual basis.

The human rights advocate claimed that at least 27, 000 lives are lost on the bloody war on illegal drugs since Duterte was elected in 2016.

Lastly, the government said the numbers do not reach this high.