WE suffered again the other day another inane call from Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo, this time for President Rodrigo Duterte to stop what she claimed was the government’s failed anti-drug war.
Robredo’s public-address system this time was another gullible foreign correspondent (from Reuters), the only one who filed such a report. This correspondent has strangely not written a single positive article in the past two years on Duterte’s presidency. Perhaps realizing how imbecilic or simply politically motivated such statements from Robredo are, or tired of the Reuter’s reporter’s biased reportage, the report was not carried by any of the local newspapers, but only by the Yellow network ABS-CBN Broadcasting and its main rival, GMA 7.
Robredo claims that Duterte’s war against illegal drugs is a failure, refusing to believe police figures — which neither she nor anybody at all has debunked — that 176,021 drug personalities were arrested and 5,500 killed in the operations to arrest them since the President launched the campaign in July 2016. That’s a failure?
Robredo’s hardheadedness bordering on clinical insanity is demonstrated by her claim that 7,000 were victims of police extrajudicial killings (EJKs). That was the false figure she used over two years ago in her video message to the UN Commission on Narcotics Drugs she asked to be played at its 60th meeting in 2017, a number which was contrived by the online site Rappler, which I had debunked totally two years back.
Robredo’s astonishing detachment from reality is demonstrated by her ignorance — pretended or not — that in 11 surveys since late 2016 by the Social Weather Stations — hardly a pro-Duterte pollster — the average level of support for the anti-drug war was 79 percent, and 82 percent in fact in the last June poll.