MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In her first week as President Rodrigo Duterte’s designated Drug Czar, Vice President Leni Robredo has put forward a bunch of ideas which she thinks will improve the country’s war on (illegal) drugs.
She wants to stop Operation Tokhang. She wants her commitee to welcome a U.N. investigation of the war on drugs. She wants a bigger budget. She wants the Commission on Human Rights and the Faith community represented on the committee.
Asked by The Adobo Chronicles what the Church can contribute to the campaign against illegal drugs, Robredo said she wants to assign priests and other Church leaders to join law enforcement teams when undertaking raids on suspected drug dealers and users.
”Instead of dealing with the suspects using guns, I want priests or bishops to pray-over the suspects, hoping that they will surrender peacefully. This will avoid any violent or fatal confrontation with the police.”