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Robredo admits hometown Naga, Legazpi have ‘big’ drug problems

Vice President Leni Robredo acknowledged on Friday that her hometown Naga City has a “big” drug problem, according to a report by JP Soriano on "State of the Nation with Jessica Soho.”

"Isa talaga yung drugs sa malalaking problema, lalo yung Naga [at] Legazpi kasi ito yung transshipment kasi, itong malalaking cities," Robredo, newly-appointed co-chair of the Inter Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), said.

Asked about whether the drug problem in her hometown was bigger than that in other areas, the Vice President said that they could not be compared since she did not have data about it.

“Hindi sya comparative sa iba, ang sinasabi ko dito may problema rin, hindi mas malaki yung problema rito over others kasi wala pa kong datos na ganun,” Robredo said.

Last year, President Rodrigo Duterte claimed in a speech before business leaders in Malacanang that Naga City was a 'hotbed of shabu'.

Robredo called for a Naga City meeting with leaders from the Naga City's Dangerous Drugs Board, City Anti-Drug Abuse Council and barangay officials.

Robredo said that she planned to address the drug problem in Naga and in other areas.

She mentioned that her office already submitted a report to Duterte about their proposals in solving the drug problem, as well as initial observations.

"Napadala na namin yung first report. Siguro by middle of next week, maipapadala na namin yung second report. Gusto ko lang na alam ni Presidente yung lahat ng nangyayari," she said.

She added that she was looking into creating an inventory with data on illegal drugs for the Naga and Bicol regions.

Robredo said that even if she wanted to put an end to the Oplan Tokhang, her power to do so was ‘limited.’

"'Yung sa akin, policy making. Ipapahiwatig yung palagay ko tama, magre-recommend ng mga measures na, palagay ko, ay dapat sundin. But at the end of the day, 'yung ating Pangulo naman ang mag ca-call the shots," she said. —Angelica Yang/LDF, GMA News