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Robredo Suggests Decriminalization Of Drug Use

Robredo Suggests Decriminalization Of Drug Use

| On 27, Apr 2017

Vice President Leni Robredo said looking on successful moves of some territories should be considered.

In a forum in the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños, Laguna, Robredo was challenged by one of the students for an alternative in the “bloody war” of the current administration in fighting drugs.

She said the government should also study the bold move of Portugal to decriminalize drug use.

“If we only study the drug campaigns around the world, we will see that the countries that used violence in combating drugs never succeeded. Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico — these countries used force, they fought fire with fire. Many lives were lost but they were not successful,” said Robredo.

“Who were successful?” Robredo asked.

“One of those is Portugal. What did Portugal do? Portugal found a system to combat drugs that was peaceful and orderly. They reformed their laws; they strengthened rehabilitation [of addicts]; they fixed their institutions responsible for rehabilitating. They were triumphant,” Robredo added.

Robredo acknowledged the fact that many surrendered. However, she said, many of them were only occasional users. She then wished for a community rehabilitation for drug dependents.

Portugal decriminalized drug use in 2001.

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