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Robredo: 'Mother's instinct' made me accept anti-drugs post

Nov 12, 2019 - 9:44 PM

'Perhaps, it was my instinct as a mother that I accepted this responsibility and that I needed to do this sacrifice for the greater good,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

MOTHER, LEADER. Vice President Leni Robredo says motherhood gave her the strength to accept the offer to be co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Robredo to seek help of U.S. intelligence to go after drug lords

Nov 12, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'The problem of drugs is not unique to us. We won’t be able to solve this on our own. We really need to work with other countries, especially those near us,' the Vice President says

NOT JUST WITH U.S. Vice President Leni Robredo continues consulting with various local and international groups on how to reform President Rodrigo Duerte's drug war. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Dela Rosa says Robredo should be at the 'forefront' of war vs drugs

Nov 12, 2019 - 2:07 PM

'Mahirap yung you are leading the war inside an air-conditioned room,' says ex-top cop and now Senator Ronald dela Rosa

FOREFRONT. Senator Ronald dela Rosa says Vice President Leni Robredo should join anti-illegal drug raids. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The impossibility of the drug war: This week's outlook

Nov 12, 2019 - 10:37 AM

At this stage in the drug war, is the PNP ready to be tamed or is it more anxious to cover its ass?

Robredo, U.N. office tackle 'best practices' on health-based approach vs drugs

Nov 11, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's chief of staff Philip Dy says community-based drug rehabilitation programs would best help 'slight or occasional' drug users who surrender to authorities

DRUG WAR WITH NO DEATHS. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with members of the Community Based Rehab Alliance just after meeting with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on November 11, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Robredo can scrap Oplan Tokhang – Panelo

Nov 11, 2019 - 4:45 PM

'It is a yes, if she wants it,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, when asked if the Vice President will have the power to stop the controversial Tokhang operations

Alleged drug addicts and pushers file through to undergo drug tests following their surrender to authorities at Camp Karingal police station in Manila on June 22, 2016. - Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines expressed alarm June 20 at a sharp rise in police killings of suspected criminals since the election of a firebrand president who has vowed a bloody war on crime. Their condemnation flies in the face of Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's call to police and even civilians to kill drug criminals. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

[EDITORIAL] Ang patibong para kay Leni

Nov 11, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Her high-stakes gambit puts her in the lion's den with little experience, knowledge, and cunning to help her

The gamble of Leni Robredo

Nov 10, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo is thrust into a world run by men as she helms the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. She would risk everything just to save a life.

Vice President Leni Robredo addressed the media on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, to announce that she is accepting the designation to lead the anti-illegal drug campaign. (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP)

Lacson's advice to Robredo: 'Watch your back' as drug czar

Nov 09, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says he gave Vice President Leni Robredo some names she could tap to be among her advisers for the war on drugs

ANTI-DRUG CZAR. Vice President Leni Robredo is the new co-chair of the inter-agency committee on drugs. Photo by OVP

PDEA chief Aquino challenges Robredo to join an anti-drug operation

Nov 08, 2019 - 11:51 PM

The Vice President has accepted the President's dare to go in and fix what she thinks is wrong with the drug war. Now, the anti-drug chief wants her to check out the frontlines and say exactly what needs fixing.

CO-CHAIRS. Vice President Leni Robredo and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino lead the meeting of the government's Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), held at the Quezon City Executive House on Friday, November 8, 2019. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Robredo opens ICAD meet: The enemy is drugs, not people

Nov 08, 2019 - 5:13 PM

With the operators of the war on drugs seated around her, the Vice President wonders aloud whether it is time for an anti-drug program in which 'no one dies senselessly'

LISTENING EXERCISE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads her first meeting as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs on November 8, 2019. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

DILG's new anti-drug info system excludes data on killings

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:26 PM

The Anti-Illegal Drugs Information System aims to address 'disinformation' in the international community, but will not include data on drug war killings

EXCLUDED. A new information system containing consolidated figures of the anti-illegal drug campaign has been given a soft launch, but has excluded data on the killings made during anti-drug operations. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

The Philippines, a killing field

Nov 07, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Duterte’s kill mentality has emboldened every angry person with a gun

How to shut down a mature adult who's behaving badly? 'Ok boomer'

Nov 07, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Gen YZ's new put-down for the out of touch and close-minded adult over 50

Robredo wants faith, human rights groups in anti-drug panel

Nov 07, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo is set to meet with members of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs for the first time on Friday, November 8

DRUG WAR. Relatives light candles for victims of extrajudicial killings in a prayer service on October 24, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Robredo: 2022 elections not a factor in accepting anti-drugs post

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:13 PM

The Vice President says even her flagship anti-poverty program Angat Buhay will suffer if she already thinks about the next elections

ON THE JOB. Vice President Leni Robredo visits a far-flung barrio in Tanay, Rizal, for her anti-poverty program on November 7, 2019, a day after she was  named co-chair of the anti-drugs body. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

With Robredo at helm of anti-drug body, Diokno hopes killings will stop

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:25 PM

'Under Vice President Robredo's leadership, we hope that the killings will stop, and the government will finally take a better approach to the problem of illegal drugs,' says human rights lawyer Chel Diokno

DIOKNO. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno says he hopes the drug war killings will stop now that Vice President Leni Robredo has accepted her designation as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. File photo by Antonio Miguel Arugay/Rappler

2 lawmakers want mandatory drug tests at House

Nov 06, 2019 - 8:55 PM

If the government is serious about fighting illegal drugs, then its officials should be willing to get tested for drug use, say congressmen Elpidio Barzaga Jr and Robert Ace Barbers

DRUG TESTS. Two lawmakers want all congressmen and women to be tested for illegal drug use. File photo of the Plenary Hall of the House of Representatives

DILG: Robredo is an asset to the anti-illegal drug campaign

Nov 06, 2019 - 7:53 PM

The agency identifies the aspects of ICAD's work where the Vice President could put to use her years of experience working with grassroots organizations

AN ASSET. Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that Vice President Robredo has the competency to lead the demand reduction side of the anti-illegal drug campaign. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

[OPINION] Nothing but a honeytrap: Leni Robredo's appointment as anti-drug co-chair

Nov 06, 2019 - 6:23 PM

'Since Leni has decided to take on the challenge, the main source of her failure would certainly be the lack of time and all the sabotaging by people around her'

Robredo's acceptance of anti-drug czar post a 'very good move' – Sotto

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:44 PM

'Kung maiwasan ang killings, iwasan. Pero how do you win? War nga ito,' says Senator Ronald dela Rosa, the architect of the Duterte administration's drug war

ANTI-DRUG CZAR. Vice President Leni Robredo accepts President Rodrigo Duterte's offer to head the anti-drug campaign of the administration. OVP photo

Robredo to get access to drug war documents, intel – Panelo

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Yet there's little Malacañang can say about how much power Vice President Leni Robredo will really have, saying she still needs to clear things up with President Rodrigo Duterte

Vice President Leni Robredo attended a Mass held at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman, Quezon City, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The Mass, held for fair and peaceful elections, was attended by some of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates and their supporters. (Photo by OVP)

Robredo to Duterte: You’re wrong to think I'll stop criticizing drug war now

Nov 06, 2019 - 2:57 PM

'Tinatanong nila kung handa ba ako para sa trabahong ito. Ang tanong ko: handa na ba kayo para sa akin?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

'ARE YOU READY FOR ME?' Vice President Leni Robredo says she will remain critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Robredo accepts Duterte offer to be anti-drug body co-chair

Nov 06, 2019 - 1:32 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dahil kung mayroon akong maililigtas na kahit isang inosenteng buhay, ang sinasabi ng prinsipyo at puso ko ay kailangan ko itong subukan,' Vice President Leni Robredo says

LENI ROBREDO. Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo accepts a anti-drug post and the challenge offered by President Duterte to help the government in its drug war campaign on November 6, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Robredo spokesman scoffs at 'empty, powerless' anti-drug post

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:25 PM

(UPDATED) Pressed further if Vice President Leni Robredo is rejecting the post, spokesperson Barry Gutierrez says they are 'not yet responding' to President Rodrigo Duterte's offer

NOT CATEGORICAL ANSWER YET. Vice President Leni Robredo herself would say whether or not she's accepting the President's offer for her to head the inter-agency anti-drugs body. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Duterte names Robredo co-chair of inter-agency anti-drugs body

Nov 05, 2019 - 1:33 PM

If she accepts, Robredo will be co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs until June 30, 2022 or when the President revokes the designation

Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo briefs the media after the Supreme Court has releases its preliminary findings of the PET on the electoral VP case. October 15, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

YA novel about Duterte's 'drug war' nominated for CILIP Carnegie Medal

Nov 05, 2019 - 10:41 AM

This is the second major international award for the novel, written by Filipino-American Randy Ribay

FINALIST. The YA novel, written by Filipino-American Randy Ribay, is a finalist in this year's National Book Awards. File photo by Rappler

Robredo will fail if she leads the drug war – PDEA chief Aquino

Nov 04, 2019 - 10:39 AM

'Wala siyang kaalaman sa ilegal na droga,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino

NO TRUST. PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino gestures during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019. Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Duterte, tantanan mo na ang mind games

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:16 AM

If you were Robredo, you would know your boss is messing with your head and setting you up to fail

On Undas, families of drug war victims cry justice for their dead

Nov 01, 2019 - 6:14 PM

For these families, the pain runs deeper as their relatives and friends did not simply die. They were killed.

STILL MOURNING. Gigi Sardido joins a prayer rally at the Mendiola Peace Arch in Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Robredo won’t be 'scapegoat for shortcomings' of Duterte drug war

Nov 01, 2019 - 2:19 PM

'If they are now being called to account for their failure to deliver, they should not blame VP Leni for it,' says Vice President Leni Robredo's Spokesperson Barry Gutierrez

VEEP. Vice President Leni Robredo outside her office on October 15, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte offers Robredo Cabinet post to deal with drug problem

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:12 PM

(UPDATED) The updated proposal is to ‘dispel all doubts on the sincerity of the Chief Executive’s offer’ for the Vice President to be his drug czar, says Malacañang

Vice President Leni Robredo shared her journey through law school and her experiences as an alternative lawyer to students of the Ateneo de Manila University, for the Ateneo Lex Law School Forum held Friday, September 27, 2019. The annual event aims to provide law school aspirants with the opportunity to listen to talks from different personalities at varying stages in their legal career. (Photo by Chari Villegas/OVP)

[OPINYON] Bisayang dako? Mas angay pa'ng talawang dako!

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Labaw pa niani, saksi na sab sila sa imong kahadlok sa mga kusganong babaye...Pastilan, maski ang mga Barretto di nimo kayang ipag-uli, inay gasagpaay sa imong atubangan ug way kay nabuhat?

Can Duterte ‘surrender’ all anti-drug powers to Robredo?

Oct 29, 2019 - 8:38 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte decides to drop his landmark anti-drug campaign on the lap of Vice President Leni Robredo. Is he allowed to do so?

CLOSE NO MORE. Robredo attends a security briefing in Malacañang in 2016. Photo by OVP

Robredo to Duterte: Don’t be ‘onion-skinned’ over the drug war

Oct 29, 2019 - 7:34 PM

'Pero kung walang failure, bakit ipapasa sa akin, ’di ba? Kasi ipapasa mo lang ang isang bagay kapag hindi mo na kayang gawin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on the war on drugs

'DON'T BE ONION-SKINNED.' Vice President Leni Robredo stands by her criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte's  bloody drug war. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

VP as drug czar? Pimentel says job for Duterte's alter ego only

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Former top cops-turned-lawmakers Senators Panfilo Lacson and Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa believe that only the President has 'sufficient authority' over law enforcement officials

DRUG CZAR? President Rodrigo Duterte claims he will make Vice President Leni Robredo as drug czar for 6 months. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

If Duterte is serious, appoint Robredo DDB, PDEA chief – Sotto

Oct 29, 2019 - 3:26 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo herself doesn't believe that the President is serious with his offer, and urges him not to let his temper get the better of him when addressing questions about serious national problems

TOP PH OFFICIALS. President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo at  the 39th Philippine National Police Academy graduation on March 21, 2018. Malacanang Photo

Still about drugs: Duterte’s other reason for giving up on federalism

Oct 29, 2019 - 9:54 AM

The President fears local governments would be vulnerable to the spread of drugs under a federal form of government

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte says he'll make Robredo drug czar for 6 months

Oct 28, 2019 - 5:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he wrote a letter to Vice President Leni Robredo where he says he is ready to give her powers over 'all anti-drug activities by the government'

ice President Leni Robredo and President Rodrigo Duterte exchanged pleasantries at the sidelines of the commencement exercises for the Philippine Military Academy's Mabalasik Class of 2019, held Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Fort Gregorio H. Del Pilar in Baguio City. (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP)

Robredo clarifies: I don't want end to drug war, only a 'tweak'

Oct 27, 2019 - 1:45 PM

'Ang sinabi ko, dapat i-assess ng pamahalaan kung tama pa ba iyong strategy na ginagamit. Kasi kung mali na, kailangang i-tweak,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

CLARIFICATION. Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo briefs the media after the Supreme Court has releases its preliminary findings of the PET on the electoral VP case. October 15, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Duterte the Defeatist

Oct 24, 2019 - 12:03 PM

It’s one thing for presidents – or any leader for that matter – to make mistakes. But it’s a different thing altogether for them to give up as a matter of habit.

'Putang ina, pulis ka' is recurring phrase of suspects in TokHang reports

Oct 23, 2019 - 5:42 PM

In one police report, 3 suspects allegedly point their guns at one cop, but the cop, by himself, manages to kill all 3. It is movie-like fiction, says the Free Legal Assistance Group.

OPLAN TOKHANG. 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

TokHang documents prove drug war caused cops to kill suspects – FLAG

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:04 PM

'Police operatives were already conditioned by these information reports not only to arrest suspects but to neutralize them,' the Free Legal Assistance Group tells the Supreme Court

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[OPINION] There is no human dignity in the Philippines

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:30 AM

To our government officials: focus on figuring out solutions now. The electorate chose you and put you where you are today because we held on to your promises of change, deliverance, and reprieve.

War against drugs or war against poverty?

Oct 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Three generations are caught in two conflicting government programs

The street artist collective Gerilya painted this mural illustrating the story of Lourdes and her husband, who had to take care of their grandchildren after their son, Kulit, was killed. The mural is on a wall in Muntinlupa and was painted with the help of local residents. Street art by Gerilya

Is the drug war undermining the gains of government's anti-poverty programs?

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Research shows that at least one in 5 victims of drug-related killings in Metro Manila in 2016 and 2017 were beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

Mural illustrating Irene’s story was painted by street artists and residents in a community in Quezon City. Street art by Gerilya

Israel ‘tries to hide’ arms sales to the Philippines – report

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:25 PM

While the Philippines is increasingly becoming a lucrative market for Israeli equipment, Israeli human rights advocates say they do not want Israel-made weapons to be used in 'mass executions of civilians living in slums'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and State of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after they deliver their joint statements following the signing of agreements between both countries at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 3, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte on 75th anniversary of Leyte landing: Filipinos still at war vs illegal drugs

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte connects the events of the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese occupation to the need to be free from social ills like illegal drugs

VETS. World War II Veterans listen to speeches made on the 75th anniversary of the landing in Leyte Gulf. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

U.N. expert: PH drug war designed to show off Duterte's 'arbitrary power'

Oct 10, 2019 - 12:12 PM

UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston says the 'killing of significant number of people may have achieved other government objectives but has done nothing in terms of eliminating the drug problem'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Sotto: Drug-free PH 'almost impossible,' aim to be 'drug resistant' instead

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:49 PM

'We have not been successful in the other half of the fight, which is the demand-reduction strategy,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

'DRUG-RESISTANT'. Senator Vicente Sotto III says the Philippines should work on a drug-resistant environment. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB