Director-General of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Aaron Aquino has thrown a silencer on Vice President Ma's plan. Leonor Robredo to stop the drug-related killings, saying it would be impossible to stop the bloodshed.
Aquino, who called on Robredo to get involved in police operations against illegal drugs, said Sunday that the killings would continue as most drug suspects choose to hire legal practitioners to extinguish the fire.
"There will always be victims if the intent of these drug offenders is to fight back and you will really see it. So I offered her (Robredo) to join us," Aquino told reporters in an interview.
"To say there should be no fatalities during surgeries is impossible. It is already difficult for us to prevent collateral damage, especially if the addict uses his house as a drug where his family is [also] the present, ”he added.
Robredo, who chaired her first meeting on Friday as chair of the Interagency Committee on the Suppression of Illegal Drugs (ICAD), has pledged to stop drug-related homicides.
She also cited the need to re-evaluate Oplan Tokhang, saying it was a war "against the poor."
"I think it is our duty to change that opinion. It is probably time to think about moving to something that is effective and that no one is killed senseless, ”she said.
The PDEA chief, however, said he did not see a problem with Oplan Tokhang and explained that the program should not be automatically linked to death or homicide.
"Why should we remove 'Tokhang'? Tokhang [is a good program]"There are only some who say that Tokhang immediately means death and that it does not," he said.
Aquino added that the PDEA purchased 250 body cameras and they shared this at the agency's regional offices "to show that there was no merger" during actual field operations.
According to the PDEA chief, his invitation to Robredo to participate in drug operations would allow her to see legalists bring their lives in order.
He promised to protect the Vice President if she was involved in drugs.
"We will not allow the Vice President to really join our entry team [in the target areas], I will not do it. I was with the presidential security group for eight years, I made sure [former president] Cory Aquino, I've secured Fidel Ramos and I know how to secure it [vice] President, ”he said.
"During actual operations, we should be at a distance where there should be a safe place for the Vice President and beyond [target] the place is secured, we will inspect it and I hope there is a fire there so the vice president can really see what is going on, "Aquino added.
Robredo said she was willing to join the operations if police officers thought her presence would not be a nuisance.
"Wala tayong inuurungan to the challenge. Are you maybe similar, mahalaga, ano magiging resulted in surgery? Hindi naman kung sino iyong nandoon (We are not giving up on the challenge. But it is important to me what the result of the operation will be," she said.
"Kung tingin nila hindi if macaque-history, I'd be happy to be there (If they thought I wouldn't cause interference, I'd be happy to be there)," she added.
But the Philippine National Police and Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG) said there was no need for the Vice President to join illegal drug operations.
Lieutenant Colonel Alex de la Cerna, DEG's deputy chief of operations, noted that Robredo, as co-chair of ICAD, should only care about policymaking.
"No need [for Robredo to join the operations], unless there is specific instruction from the PNP chief and [President Rodrigo Duterte]"He said in a radio interview.