Guevarra dissuades Leni from joining drug raids

Published November 13, 2019, 4:20 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Jeffrey Damicog

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday (Nov. 12) joined calls which dissuaded Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo from joining anti-illegal drugs operations.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra  (Screenshot / RTVM / PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (Screenshot / RTVM / PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Kaya better wag na lang sana (It’s better she does not do it),” Guevarra told reporters.

“Puwede naman monitor iyon in some other way (She can monitor the anti-illegal drugs operations in some other way),” he pointed out.

The Secretary noted Robredo can just view the footage from the body cams attached on the law enforcement operatives conducting the raids.

“I have some reservations about that kasi hindi naman siya kailangang actual na sumama sa isang raid para lang makita how it goes (because it’s not necessary for her to join drug raids just to show how it goes),” he said.

Guevarra argued that Robredo might only endanger herself if she joins the operations.

“Baka ma-endanger yung sarili niya (She could be endangered during the drug operations),” he explained.

Guevarra added that operatives will also get distracted because of her presence during the operations.

“Kung nandoon yung VP na kailangan din nilang proteksyunan habang nagko-conduct sila ng raid (If she is there, law enforcement will also have to look after her),” he said.

“Makaka-distract pa yun ng attention (She would only distract the attention of law enforcement),” he stressed.

Robredo has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as co-chairman of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

With her appointment, the Vice President has expressed interest in joining drug operations.