We agree that our people deserve nothing less than a safe environment so that anyone can walk the streets safely whether in daylight and in night time,"
Vice President Leni Robredo slammed the Duterte administration's drug war due to the human rights abuses being committed.
Robredo will be attending the 60th U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs annual meeting on March 16, 2017. It will be held at the Vienna International Centre.
The video recorded was uploaded by anti-drug network DRCNet Foundation and it will also present in the said event, the topic about "Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extrajudicial Killings in the Drug War."
"We are now looking at some grim statistics. Since July last year, more than 7,000 people have been killed in summary executions. We agree that our people deserve nothing less than a safe environment so that anyone can walk the streets safely whether in daylight and in night time," Robredo said.
According to Robredo, the drug problem couldn't be solved with bullets. They should focus on the poverty and social inequality.
She cited that, "People are told that they do not have any right to demand search warrants as they are squatters and did not own the properties in which their houses are built."
Also, she mentioned about the 'palit-ulo' scheme.
"They told us of the 'palit-ulo scheme' which literally means exchange heads where the wife or husband or relative of a person in a so-called drug list will be taken if the person himself could not be found," Robredo said.
Robredo said that most people experienced human rights abuses by the policemen were the poor.
So, she urged Duterte to refocus his campaign against illegal drugs and prioritize the rehabilitative drug policy.
"We believe that every campaign against illegal drugs must be founded on integrity," Robredo said.
"What exactly is the scope the drug problem? Why the numbers of the extent of the problem changed as officially reported to the nation by our president inconsistent?" Robredo added.
Robredo urged the Filipinos to defend their rights and 'not to back down now.'