No additional compensation for Robredo in new job as anti-illegal drug czar – Palace

Published November 8, 2019, 3:19 PM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Genalyn Kabiling

Vice President Leni Robredo will not receive any additional compensation for her work as the country’s new anti-drug czar, a Palace official said recently.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

“Kung ano iyong suweldo niya, iyon na yun [Whatever salary she gets, that’s it],” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said in recent radio interview.

Panelo, however, reminded the Vice President about the accountability of public officials as she begins her work as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD). He said the President would not interfere with the work of Robredo, but she will be held accountable for her action.

“Alam mo si Presidente, ever since hindi nakikialam iyan sa kanyang mga departamento, palaging bahala kayong dumiskarte, but you are accountable to me – iyan ang ever since ganyan ang policy [You now the President does not interfere with the departments ever since. ‘It’s up to you to do your job but you are accountable to me.’ Ever since, that’s the policy],” he added.

Robredo recently accepted the post as new ICAD co-chairperson offered by President Duterte following her criticisms on his bloody war on drugs. The committee, composed of several government agencies, is assigned to ensue the integrated and synchronized implementation of governments anti-drug campaign.

According to Panelo, Robredo will now have a chance to help in the anti-drug campaign, not just criticize the government efforts.

“Sabi niya failure, ineffective. Sabi niya let’s try other tacks. So, alam mo, pag sinabi mong let’s try other tacks, maybe you have a lot of other tacks in mind, kaya siya binigyan ng pagkakataon ni Presidente [She said it is a failure, it’s ineffective. She said let’s try other tacks so when you say let’s try other tacks, maybe you have a lot of other tacks in mind. So the Pesident has given her a chance to do that,” he said.

He said while some critics want Robredo to fail, the administration will rally behind her to ensure the success of the anti-drug campaign.

“She’s better off, now when she accepted, she becomes her own person. She cannot be relying on these colleagues of hers. She’s much smarter than them by accepting that position,” he said.