‘Ditao ang kalaban! Kit Belmonte hopes Robredo will set drug war in new direction


Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte believes Vice President Leni Robredo can take the drug war in a new direction as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

Belmonte welcomed Robredo’s new designation “with cautious optimism” in a statement Wednesday.

“If she is given the tools and is empowered by the administration, we can now altogether prove: The war on drugs can be part of the war against poverty—and not a war against poor people,” he said.

Belmonte, the Liberal Party’s secretary general, admitted that he and the party had some reservations about President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer for Robredo to oversee the government’s anti-drug campaign.

However, he said Robredo’s sincerity “overcame her own doubts and it overcame ours.”

“Kung seryoso ang administrasyon, alam naming mas seryoso si VP Leni na tumulong,” Belmonte said.