Now Reading: BAD IMAGE | Philippine VP says time for Duterte to halt failed drug war
BAD IMAGE | Philippine VP says time for Duterte to halt failed drug war
October 24, 2019 , 09:27 AM

OCTOBER 23, 2019 (REUTERS) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should allow the United Nations to investigate his war on drugs, and abandon a deadly campaign that has been failure and a dent on the country’s international image, its vice president said on Wednesday.

The crackdown has overwhelmingly targeted the poor rather than big drugs networks, Leni Robredo said in an interview, adding that Duterte’s violent rhetoric was aiding a culture of police impunity for which international help should be sought if the government refused to change tack.

Robredo, who was elected separately to Duterte and has a frosty relationship with the president, said the thousands of people killed was already too many, with no evidence of a decline in drugs supply or usage.

“We ask ourselves, ‘why is this still happening?’. The president has already made very serious threats to drug syndicates, to drug lords … and yet it’s still very prevalent, so obviously, it’s not working,” Robredo told Reuters.

“We have seen a lot of police that have abused their powers and not been penalized so this is where the International Criminal Court could come in, if we do not show the world that we can take care of our own mess.”

She added: “The lives of our people are on the line and the dignity of our country is on the line, but my first call is for our government to take care of the mess.”

The authorities reject activists’ allegations that drug dealers and users are being executed and say the more than 7,000 people killed by police had all resisted arrest. Police say they have no connection to the mysterious murders of thousands more drug users.

Duterte is furious at a resolution in July by the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate the bloodshed, and he last year withdrew the Philippines’ membership of the ICC after it launched a preliminary examination into alleged crimes against humanity.


Robredo, a former human rights lawyer who leads the opposition, said the government should take a tougher line with China over its activities in the South China Sea, or risk squandering the advantage of an international arbitration award that invalidated Beijing’s sweeping sovereignty claims.

She said Duterte’s argument that confronting China would lead to war was nonsense, and the Philippines would gain more from joining the United States, Australia and Britain in freedom of navigation exercises, and drafting conventions with claimants like Malaysia and Vietnam to try to isolate China.

“My question is, if China is really a friend, then why are they doing a lot of things that are a threat to our sovereignty and our territory?” Robredo said.

“We have such a gain to waste if we keep continuing with the narrative that we should not offend China.”

Robredo, 54, is among more than 30 critics of Duterte who are facing possible sedition changes, which she described as baseless and attempts by the president’s allies to crush dissent and create a climate of fear and authoritarianism not seen since the era of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

She would not be drawn on whether the legal moves were designed to remove her from the line of succession, amid growing concern about the health of Duterte, 74, who on Tuesday cut short a trip to Japan due to “unbearable pain” in his back.

Duterte this month revealed he had a rare neuromuscular disorder, on top of other ailments including Barrett’s oesophagus, Buerger’s disease and frequent migraines.

“It would be beneficial not just to the public but for the president as well to be very transparent as far as his health is concerned,” Robredo said.

“The danger is the speculation would be worse than what is really there.” (Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

More From News5
Ex-FHM model sa drug buy-bust
Nasabat sa dating modelo ang ilang pakete ng shabu, ecstacy at pipe para sa liquid shabu na ibinibenta raw sa online store.
Published On: March 2, 2020
2020 Tokyo Olympics, tuloy sa kabila ng banta ng COVID-19
Tiniyak ng local organizers na handa silang protektahan kontra COVID-19 ang libu-libong atleta na lalahok sa Olympics. For more videos, visit us at www.news5.com.ph.
Published On: March 2, 2020
Sen. Drilon, naghain ng concurrent resolution sa ABS-CBN franchise extension
Mas mabilis ang proseso sa concurrent resolution dahil pag-apruba lamang ng Kamara at Senado ang kailangan para mapalawig hanggang June 30, 2020 ang prangkisa ng ABS-CBN. | via Greg Gregorio. For more videos, visit us at www.news5.com.ph.
Published On: March 2, 2020
Apology ng ABS-CBN, tinanggap na ni Duterte
Tinanggap na ni Pres. Duterte ang paumanhin ng ABS-CBN sa hindi nito pag-ere ng kanyang political advertisements noong 2016 elections. Natanong din siya tungkol sa quo warranto petition ng Office of the Solicitor General na pinapawalang bisa ang prangkisa ng broadcast network. | via Maricel Halili For more videos, visit us at www.news5.com.ph.
Published On: March 2, 2020
Jovie Espenido, 'cleared' na sa droga sa region 6
Nilinaw ng PNP na hindi pa final ang desisyon dahil sa isasailalim pa sa national level validation ang pagkakadawit ni P/Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido sa drug watchlist. For more videos, visit us at www.news5.com.ph.
Published On: March 2, 2020
Pag-iingat ng simbahan vs. COVID-19 ngayong Semana Santa
Maraming simbahan ngayong Ash Wednesday ang ibinudbod sa bunbunan imbes na ipinahid sa noo ang abo bilang pag-iingat laban sa coronavirus disease. | via Jen Calimon. For more videos, visit us at www.news5.com.ph.
Published On: March 2, 2020
Kinompronta ni Calida ang isang ABS CBN reporter
"Ikaw, lagi mo akong binabanatan ha." Kinompronta ni Solicitor General Jose Calida ang isang reporter ng ABS-CBN nang manghingi ito ng kopya ng petition for quo warranto para sa pagpapawalang-bisa ng prangkisa ng network.
Published On: February 17, 2020
Nilinaw ni Sec. Panelo ang naging confusion sa pagkansela sa VFA
Ipinaliwanag ni Sec. Salvador Panelo na nagkalituhan daw sa tenses na ginamit kaya magkaiba ang naging pahayag nila ni Defense Sec. Delfin Lorenzana tungkol sa pagpapasa ng termination notice ng Visiting Forces Agreement sa Amerika. Sinabi rin ni Panelo na mas mahalagang malaman na hindi magbabago ang isip ng Pangulo sa isyu.
Published On: February 17, 2020
Babaeng astronaut na bumalik sa mundo, gumawa ng record
328 na araw nananatili sa space ang American astronaut na si Christina Koch. For more videos, visit us at www.news5.com.ph.
Published On: February 17, 2020
Inflation forecast para sa 2020, itinaas ng BSP
Posibleng pumalo sa 3% ang inflation o kabuuang pagtaas ng presyo ng mga bilihin at serbisyo ngayong taon, batay sa pagtataya ng Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. For more videos, visit us at www.news5.com.ph.
Published On: February 17, 2020
Top Stories
SNATCHERS | Monkeys steal coronavirus blood samples in India
LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – A troop of monkeys in India attacked a medical official and snatched away blood samples of patients who had tested
Published On: May 29, 2020
‘LATE’ CASE PILE-UP | DOH records 1,046 new cases on Friday
(MAY 29, 2020) – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines grew by 1,046 on Friday, hiking the running total to 16,634 based on
Published On: May 29, 2020
BODY COUNT | City of Moscow revises up its coronavirus death toll for April after criticism
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The city of Moscow has issued a revised version of its coronavirus death toll for April after criticism of its initial fig
Published On: May 29, 2020
COVID AID | Philippines secures combined P63 billion loans from China-backed AIIB and World Bank
(MAY 29, 2020) – The Philippines secured two separate loans amounting to a combined $1.25 billion, or over P63.2 billion, to aid in its fight
Published On: May 29, 2020
NOT ALL FRESH CASES | DOH explains record spike in COVID-19 cases yesterday
(MAY 29, 2020) – The Department of Health on Friday clarified the record spike of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases reported in the Philip
Published On: May 29, 2020