QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – She has called for the decriminalization of drug use. Now, Vice President Leni Robredo, encouraged by recent pronouncements by drug experts, has unveiled her latest campaign directed at Filipino youth.
Calling it “Just Do It,” Robredo said the campaign aims to encourage young people not to even think twice before using illegal drugs. “It does no harm,” she says.
The new national campaign came just days after two international experts spoke at a drug conference at the University of the Philippines 🇵🇭 .
Dr. Carl Hart, head of Columbia University’s Psychology Department debunked President Rodrigo Duterte’s claims that the repeated use of shabu (methamphetamine) shrinks a user’s brain over time. “The data simply isn’t there,” said Hart, whose area of research includes “behavioral and neuropharmacological effects of psychoactive drugs in humans.”
At the same time, Agnes Callamard, United National special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions declared that Duterte’s war on drugs does not work as it breeds more problems for the government.
Malacañang has not yet responded to The Adobo Chronicles’ request for comment on Robredo’s new project.