Dela Rosa tells Robredo: ‘giyera ito… may war bang walang namamatay?'

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Manila, Philippines — With the recent acceptance of Vice President Leni Robredo as an additional task from President Rodrigo Duterte as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

Senators lauded Robredo for her bold move to accept the challenge despite criticisms.

“This is war, giyera ito; you have to fight, hindi ka pwedeng pacute-cute dito.”

Dela Rosa, was the former Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief of the Duterte administration’s when the bloody drug war campaign started, added “has to be tough” now that she has joined the anti-drug campaign.

“Ang sinalihan niya is war on drugs at ang kalaban mo diyan ay mga sira ulo, ang kalaban mo diyan ay malalaking sindikato. So how can you wage a war without fighting? So, she has to fight,” Dela Rosa told the media at the Senate.

“She has to be tough,” he added.

Robredo, said in a press briefing, that one of the reasons she considered in accepting the position was the lives she could potentially save if she would be involved in the campaign against the growth of drugs in the country.

“Kung maiwasan ang killings, iwasan. Pero how do you… war na ito eh, kalaban natin eh mga siraulo kalaban natin mga armado Kita mo ‘yung pulis , 120 plus policemen namatay sa war on drugs, so mamatay ba ‘yun kung walang lumalaban, may lumalaban talaga ,” Dela Rosa further said.

However, he welcomed Robredo’s decision to accept Duterte’s offer, but the senator also advised the Vice President to treat the drug problem as a social problem and not a political one.

“You look at the problem, not as a political problem. ‘Wag mo siyang tignan na politika itong problema na ito, tignaan mo talaga ito as a social problem,” the senator said.

The former PNP Chief was also ask why he thinks the VP could smear the anti-drug campaign with political color, “What do you expect? She comes from the other side of the fence.” Dela Rosa said.

“Sa opposition siya so sana pagpasok niya diyan sa giyera na ‘yan, i-assume niya ang role niya as ‘Ako’y isang Pilipino, gusto kong linisin ang aking bansa sa droga.’ Hindi papasok na ‘Ako’y isang opposition, babantayan ko ‘yung mga ginagawa ng administrasyon na ito, kung anong mali haharangin ko’,” he added.

Be that as it may, Dela Rosa expressed optimism that the drug war would become “more successful” with Robredo “on board.”

“Isipin mo, number two highest official in the country sumama sa ating war on drugs.  So, I’m so happy. From the bottom of my heart, I thank her for joining in this fight,” he said.

“I’m very optimistic, mas lalong magiging successful ‘yung ating war on drugs with her on board dahil additional perspective on the war on drugs, the more the merrier,” he added.

Source: Inquirer

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