Office of the Vice President
17 August 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo reiterated that due process and the rule of law must always be upheld in the conduct of the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs.
VP Leni issued this reminder in response to reports that 32 suspects were killed in 66 anti-drug operations conducted between midnight of Wednesday, August 15, and Thursday, August 16—so far the highest death toll in a single day since June of last year.
“Hindi naman tayo ganiyan, eh. Hindi naman tayo ito. Iyong culture of impunity, matagal na nating isinikwal dito sa ating bansa. Sana hindi na natin papayagang makabalik pa,” she said in a press conference in Naga City.
VP Leni underscored the importance of making criminals accountable for their actions, though not at the cost of due process.
“Kapag mayroong ganitong patayan… hindi na hinahayaang gumiling pa iyong mga proseso na nasa Konstitusyon natin para siguruhin na iyong hustisya nabibigay para sa lahat,” she said.
While acknowledging the need to take action against illegal drugs, VP Leni has consistently insisted on the observance of due process. She has also pushed for the adoption of other approaches, such as community-based rehabilitation, which applies to most drug surrenderees.