Philippine president removes VP from ’drugs tsar’ post

Philippine president removes VP from ’drugs tsar’ post

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday fired his chief political rival from the role of ’drugs tsar’, accusing her of embarrassing the country by trying to draw undue international attention to his war on drugs. Leni Robredo, who is also vice president and was elected separately to Duterte, accepted the role on Nov. 6, against advice of her allies, who said it was a trap.

Graham
Graham
porcus
porcus 5 months

Duterte is very popular in the Philippines where the public largely agrees with him that drugs are a major issue in the nation. I don't understand why the public chooses to look the other way from all the obviously illegal and immoral actions that Duterte advocates (the murders) but they do. Maybe someday they will look back and wonder why they elected him to office. In my opinion he has set the Philippines back with regards to China, and other neighbors.

Miles O'Brien
Miles O'Brien 5 months

I suppose this is another chance for Americans to hold their idea of the moral high ground decrying the senseless slaughter of innocent drug dealers. I've been to the Philippines a couple of times. I was married to a Filipina. Drugs were, and still are ruining millions of Filipino lives. The police and army were corrupted by the money. Duterte got elected on a promise to radically fix the problem. The previous Philippine governments had tried the US war on drugs strategy and had failed much as the US program has failed. There were no real consequences. It is a testimony to the strength of will of the citizenry that they keep electing Duterte. So you Americans that don't understand? You never will. Mind your own business. Clean up your own act, then maybe you'll collect some moral authority. In the meantime, just keep it to yourself.

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