By Chito Chavez
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director-General Aaron Aquino cited that the acceptance of Vice-President Leni Robredo as Inter-Agency Committee Against Illegal Drugs (ICAD) co-chairman is most welcome in the country’s continuing fight against illegal drugs.
Although the campaign against illegal drugs is far from over, Aquino said the “help of Vice President Robredo is very much appreciated especially in terms of harm and demand reduction efforts’’.
“This morning, we have concluded the third quarter meeting of the inter-agency committee against illegal drugs (ICAD), wherein before we adjourned I announced that VP Leni Robredo has accepted her designation as ICAD co-chairman,’’ Aquino said Wednesday.
“While this is a welcome development for the illegal drug campaign, personally I cannot help but feel somehow awkward to have the second highest elected official of the country as my co-chairman in ICAD,’’ he added.
Aquino also directed the ICAD secretariat to prepare a briefing on ICAD accomplishments and way forward to be presented to the Vice President.
“I am also expecting a call from the VP’s office anytime for the schedule of briefing and meet and greet with the ICAD members,’’ Aquino noted.
“The ICAD members are also expecting the same,’’ he noted.
Aquino said that “we are all looking forward to working with the new ICAD co-chairman’’.