Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino threw a damper on the plan of Vice President Ma. Leonor Robredo stopped drug-related murders and said it would be impossible to stop the bloodshed.
Aquino, who invited Robredo to join police operations against illegal drugs, said on Sunday that murder would continue because most drug abusers choose to engage in law enforcement.
"It will always be hurt if the intent of these drug addicts is to strike back and you will really see it, which is why I invited her (Robredo) to join us," Aquino told reporters in an interview.
"To say that there should be no deaths during surgeries is impossible. We are already having trouble preventing collateral damage, especially if the drug offender uses his own house as a drug where his family is [also] present, ”he added.
Robredo, who chaired his first meeting as co-chair of the Intergovernmental Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) on Friday, had promised to stop drug-related murders.
She also cited the need to rethink Oplan Tokhang and said it is a war "against the bad."
"I think it is our duty to change that idea. It is probably time that we think about changing to something that is effective and that no one is meaninglessly killed, "she said.
However, the PDEA chief said he saw no problems with Oplan Tokhang and made it clear that the program should not automatically be linked to death or murder.
" Why shall we remove & # 39; Tokhang & # 39;? Tokhang [is a good program]. There are only a few who say that Tokhang immediately means death and that is a no, "he said.
Aquino added that PDEA has purchased 250 body cameras and these had been distributed at the agency's regional office "to show that there are no joints" during the actual operations on the ground.
According to the PDEA chief, his invitation to Robredo to participate in antibody operations would allow her to see how lawmakers put their lives on the line.
He promised to protect the vice president if she participated in drug operations.
"We will not really let the Vice President join our entry team [in the target areas]. I will not do it. I have been in the President's Security Group for eight years, I secured [former president] Cory Aquino, I secured Fidel Ramos and I know how to secure a [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 after the seat [target] is secured, we will inspect it and I just hope it would be a fire fight there so that the Vice President can really see what's going on, "Aquino added.
Robredo had said that she is willing to join the business if law enforcement agencies believe her presence would not be a nuisance.
"Wala tayong inuurungan na challenge. Pero iyong sa akin, ang mahalaga, ano ba iyong magiging results in surgery? of the operation), she said.
"Kung tingin nila hindi ako makaka-istorbo, I would be happy to be there (if they think I would not cause interference I would be happy to be there)," she added.
But the Philippine National Drugs Police (PNP-DEG) said there is no need for the Vice President to participate in illegal drug operations.
Lt. Colonel Alex de la Cerna, DEG's Deputy Chief of Operations, pointed out that Robredo, as co-chair of the ICAD, would only raise himself with political decision-making.
"There is no need [for Robredo to join the operations] unless there is a specific instruction coming from the PNP chief and [President Rodrigo Duterte]" he said in a radio interview.