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'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
'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
'Mahirap yung you are leading the war inside an air-conditioned room,' says ex-top cop and now Senator Ronald dela Rosa
At this stage in the drug war, is the PNP ready to be tamed or is it more anxious to cover its ass?
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
'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
Her high-stakes gambit puts her in the lion's den with little experience, knowledge, and cunning to help her
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.
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
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.
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'
The Anti-Illegal Drugs Information System aims to address 'disinformation' in the international community, but will not include data on drug war killings
Duterte’s kill mentality has emboldened every angry person with a gun
Gen YZ's new put-down for the out of touch and close-minded adult over 50
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
The Vice President says even her flagship anti-poverty program Angat Buhay will suffer if she already thinks about the next elections
'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
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
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
'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'
'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
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
'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
(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
(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
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
This is the second major international award for the novel, written by Filipino-American Randy Ribay
'Wala siyang kaalaman sa ilegal na droga,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino
If you were Robredo, you would know your boss is messing with your head and setting you up to fail
For these families, the pain runs deeper as their relatives and friends did not simply die. They were killed.
'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
(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
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?
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?
'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
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
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
The President fears local governments would be vulnerable to the spread of drugs under a federal form of government
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'
'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
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.
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.
'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
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.
Three generations are caught in two conflicting government programs
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
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 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
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'
'We have not been successful in the other half of the fight, which is the demand-reduction strategy,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III