House leader expects VP Robredo to not divulge all her anti-drugs plans

Published November 9, 2019, 4:18 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Deputy Speaker and ABONO partylist Rep. Conrado Estrella III is expecting that Vice President Leni Robredo would keep her cards close to her chest as far as her anti-narcotics plan is concerned.


He welcomed the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs’ invitation to Robredo to attend its hearing to lay down her plans on how to address the drug menace in the country.

“But if she will attend, don’t expect the VP (Vice President) to reveal in a congressional committee hearing the details of her plans on government’s war against drugs,” he said in an interview.

He said it would be better for the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), co-chaired by Robredo not to divulge all the details of its anti-drugs plans and strategies.

“We all know that the success of ICAD will depend on gathering of accurate intel, effective prevention campaign, rescue of users, carefully planned raid of laboratories, strict prevention of recycling of confiscated drugs and immediate arrest of drug criminals. ICAD will have to be tight-lipped and should capitalize on the element of surprise,” he said.

“I think VP Leni should adhere to the dictum of “more talk more mistakes, less talk the better.” The accomplishments of ICAD will speak loudly for the government,” he stressed.

For his part, Oriental Mindoro Rep. Doy Leachon said it is really up to the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs, chaired by Surigao del Norte Rep. Robert Ace Barbers if it would invite Robredo to lay down her plans as co-chairman of ICAD.

He said it is in the best interest of the country if Robredo would give in to the House panel’s invitation and inform not only the Lower Chamber, but also the public, of her plans.

“As to the necessity, it’s discretion on part of the House Chair to call and invite. But when VP Leni accepted the post, inasmuch as I admire her courage, the nation deserves to know her plan for this nation’s one significant concern,” he said.

Robredo earlier sought the “health-based approach” in fighting the illegal drugs in the country.

Barbers said they will invite Robredo after she announces her “new strategies” on how to address the drug menace in the country.