February 10 ------ Vice President Leni Robredo said on Sunday that the admission by the Philippine National Police’s anti-drugs chief that the “shock and awe” strategy had failed to curb the illegal drugs trade confirmed her findings on the drug war. In her weekly radio show, Robredo said she had long underscored that violence was not an effective strategy against illegal drugs. “Iyong pag-aaral natin, galing din sa pamahalaan iyong records... na hanggang ngayon, ang laki-laki pa ng supply ng illegal drugs. So hindi talaga natakot iyong mga tao sa patayan,” she said.
Police Brigadier General Romeo Caramat admitted in an interview with the Reuters wire service that "shock and awe definitely did not work” because “drug supply is still rampant.” Shortly after she was sacked as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee Against Illegal Drugs, Robredo bared her findings that showed that the Duterte Administration’s drug war only managed to seize one percent of the drug supply in the country.
“Ito ngang latest interview dito kay [PBGen] Caramat ay nagpapatunay lang talaga na iyong sinabi natin sa report na talagang hindi naging malaki iyong naging impact sa ating drug supply, sa kabila ng lahat ng nangyaring patayan,” Robredo’s spokesperson Barry Gutierrez added. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier called Robredo a “colossal failure” for her remarks against his drug war.