Robredo to meet with CBCP officials on anti-drug campaign

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 16)— Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday said she will meet with officials of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to tackle improvements—including possible contributions from civil society and the private sector—in the administration’s war on drugs.

Robredo said her colleagues from the anti-illegal drugs body are looking to further activate the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS)—a partnership program of local villages, faith-based organizations, and the Interior Department—to help refine the flagship campaign at the local level.

“Iyong ine-explore namin ngayon—naumpisahan na namin iyong usapan noong ICAD meeting, pero iyong ine-explore namin, paano makakatulong iyong aming opisina para ma-activate iyong civil society saka private sector,” Robredo told reporters during an event in Camarines Sur.

[Translation: What we’re exploring— and what we talked about during the ICAD meeting—is how our office can help activate civil society and the private sector.]

Iyong mga may active na UBAS, ang ganda ng anti-illegal drugs campaign nila. Mayroon akong meeting soon with the CBCP. Hihingiin ko iyong tulong nila para ma-activate iyong mga UBAS,” she added.

[Translation: Those with active UBAS, their anti-illegal drugs campaigns are good. I have a meeting soon with the CBCP. I will ask for their help to activate the UBAS.]

The Vice President, however, has yet to reveal more details about the planned meeting.

Robredo recently accepted her appointment as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs— a post offered by Duterte himself.

Despite fears of her fellow opposition members, Robredo said she decided to help the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, with the promise to implement reforms.

She has since met with various local and international agencies—including officials from the United States Embassy and the United Nations—to discuss issues and possible improvements in the drug war.

The religious group previously expressed support for the Vice President in her new job.

CBCP President Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles had urged the Catholic faithful to pray for Robredo so that she can “bring in her skills and vision” to the controversial war on drugs.

But Valles’ recent remark was slammed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin, who urged the Church official to instead acknowledge Duterte in the ongoing campaign.