Ironic that “vice president” Leni Robredo who had recently been appointed by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to co-lead his War on Drugs would now complain about what she considers to be inadequate funding.
Below translated to English in a CNN Philippines report is Robredo’s lament on the measly budget of the operation…
Funding set for the [Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD)] is P15 million, which I think is insufficient, considering its wide responsibilities. We’re also asking for funding to implement the anti-drug strategy.
Recall back in October 2017, no less than then Senator and Ninoy-lookalike Bam Aquino led a senate bloc that reportedly moved to “scrap the approval of the P900 million budget allotted to the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.”
This minority bloc at the time included Liberal Party bigwigs Kiko Pangilinan and Franklin Drilon.
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Bam Aquino issued this statement amid the continuous rise in the killings and cases of police abuses in the name of the government’s war on drugs.
“We will reject the 4,400-percent increase in the budget for Oplan Tokhang, also called Oplan Double Barrel Reloaded, if the PNP will insist on continuing the oplan that has already claimed thousands of lives, including young victims,” Drilon said in a statement.
Inconsistent, right? Then Inconsistency is the middle name of the Liberal Party. The Opposition desperately need to reconsider being led by the Yellowtards. They are the reason they fail to put up a credible Opposition to counter the popular Duterte government.