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Netizen alters Robredo statement on antidrug war

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo didn’t liken President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs to the K-to-12 education program, contrary to a netizen’s claim.

The K to 12 program was also not a program started under the Duterte administration, as Raihanna Mahilum Danao‎ said in her Oct. 17 post on the public Facebook group DUTERTE PARA SA BAYAN!

Her post showed a photo of Robredo and attributed to her the following quote:

K to 12 program of Duterte Administration is like WAR ON DRUGS, BIG FAILURE” -- Leni Robredo

A Reuters report on its interview with Robredo said the vice president had urged President Rodrigo Duterte to “abandon a deadly campaign that has been a failure.” Reuters quoted her as saying:

We ask ourselves, "why is this still happening?’. The president has already made very serious threats to drug syndicates, to drug lords … and yet it’s still very prevalent, so obviously, it’s not working.

Robredo made no reference to the K-to-12 program in the interview.

The K-to-12 program was implemented during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III through Republic Act 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013. It lengthened the country’s basic education from 10 to 12 years by requiring a year of kindergarten education, six years of elementary education and six years of high school education, including four years of junior high school and two years of senior high school.

As of writing, the Facebook post has 203 reactions, 180 comments and 50 shares. (AL, MN)


Petty, M. (2019, October 23). Philippine vice president says time for Duterte to halt failed drug war. Reuters. Retrieved from

Republic Act 10533. Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013. Retrieved from


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