CEBU CITY – Police in Central Visayas have welcomed the appointment of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
Brig. Gen. Valeriano de Leon, regional police chief, said the war on drugs of the Duterte administration needs unity from various sectors because of the magnitude of the drug problem in the country, adding, the menace of illegal drugs triggered corruption in the government. “I think the appointment of VP Leni Robredo as co-chair of ICAD by the President is a welcome development… that he wants to unite everybody to join hands to once and for all eradicate the drug menace that breeds corruption,” De Leon said.
He said Duterte’s intention to eradicate the drug problem is to give healing and reconciliation a chance in solving the menace. He also underscored the effort needed to address the problem on illegal drugs in some areas in the region.
De Leon, one of the most respected officers in the police organization, noted the President’s close monitoring of drug personalities who are even included on the watch-list of authorities in the region.
“It is a public knowledge that some areas in Region 7 are infested with illegal drugs. In fact, some of the personalities mentioned by the President in his drug watch-list are in Central Visayas, even some of the so-called narco-generals are here in Cebu,” De Leon said.
Robredo, he said, will have “a good opportunity for her to see the magnitude of the illegal drug problem” in the country by bearing the responsibility of helping Duterte in eradicating the menace.
De Leon expressed optimism that unity between Duterte and Robredo will stop the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country. “So let’s look forward to this development seeing the President and the Vice President working hand in hand against the proliferation of illegal drugs in our country,” he said.
Robredo said the most important consideration for her in her new position is to become part of the “change to stop the slaying of innocent people and hold those responsible accountable.” She also said with Duterte’s remaining two and a half years in administration, “it is not too late for them to work together on the problem.” (John Rey Saavedra)
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