By Hanah Tabios
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Tuesday lauded Vice President Leni Robredo’s recent meeting with the officials from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
“Thank you Leni. I’ve been trying without success to get us engaged with Vienna’s UNODC which is focused on fighting drug trafficking and dealing, not coddling them like Geneva,” Locsin said in a Twitter post.
“UNODC is currently headed by a Russian so we can trust it,” the country’s top diplomat added whose sentiments were very evident on social media.
Russian Federation’s top diplomat Yury Fedotov is the current executive director of UNODC. He was also the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Vienna (UNOV) since July 2010.
Robredo, who was appointed by President Duterte as co-chair in the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD), met with the representatives of the UN body on Monday morning.
She pressed the need for the improvement of the community-based drug rehabilitation program in the country.
The UNODC sought the meeting after Robredo formally assumed the ICAD post.
Meanwhile, it could be recalled that Locsin was among the government officials who strongly opposed the UN rights council probe on the Duterte war on drugs.
He earlier called the validity of the Iceland-back resolution as “highly questionable” because it was citing “false information” in its allegations.