Robredo to meet with US, UN officials to tackle drug war issues

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Vice President and newly-appointed anti-drug czar Leni Robredo says she will meet with officials from the United States Embassy and the United Nations to discuss issues and possible improvements on the administration’s war on drugs. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 9)— Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday said she will meet with officials from both the United States (US) Embassy and the United Nations (UN) to discuss issues and possible improvements on the administration’s controversial war on drugs.

The newly-appointed anti-drug czar said she hopes to explore international studies and practices that may help refine President Rodrigo Duterte’s flagship campaign.

"Iba-ibang mga tao na makakapagbigay sa atin ng impormasyon saka perspective... Sinabi ko din ito during the ICAD meeting kahapon, na hindi puwedeng tayo-tayo lang iyong nag-uusap," Robredo told reporters during a conference in Quezon City, noting the meeting with US Embassy officials may take place within the week.

[Translation: We need different kinds of people to give us new information and perspective. I also said this during the ICAD meeting yesterday, we should not make this conversation just between us.]

Sa Monday, imi-meet ko iyong UN officers dito sa Pilipinas, na maraming mga researches and studies about best practices saka lessons from other countries regarding the campaign against illegal drugs,” the Vice President added.

[Translation: On Monday, I will meet with UN officers here in the Philippines—those who have tons of researches and studies—as well as lessons from other countries regarding their campaign against illegal drugs.]

Robredo on Wednesday 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.

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Government data show more than 6,000 people have been killed in anti-illegal drug operations since Duterte took office in July 2016. Local and international human rights groups say thousands more have died in extrajudicial killings as a result of the President's public pronouncements, a claim Malacañang has repeatedly denied.

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