Robredo admits her job as ICAD co-chair limited to policy-making only

Published November 16, 2019, 9:45 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo is resigned to the fact her job as the co-chairperson of the government’s task force against illegal drugs is limited to policy-making, and that she has no supervision over the agencies.

Vice-President Leni Robredo, speaks duringa press conference at her office in Quezon City. Robredo accpeted the position given to her by President Rodrigo Duterte to co-chair the Anti-Illegal Drugs Council. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice-President Leni Robredo .(Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)

But she assured that won’t stop her from proposing measures for a more effective implementation of the campaign.

“At the end of the day, iyong ating Pangulo naman iyong magko-call the shots, kasi siya naman iyong sa law enforcement (our President who calls the shots because he is in charge of the law enforcement),” she said in a media interview in Naga City.

“I’m aware of the limitations of my position. But for me, despite the limitation, I will do everything that I think I’m allowed to do. As long I’m given the chance to assess and recommend, I will do that,” Robredo stressed.

On Friday, the Vice President was in her hometown of Naga City, where she was asked how far she would go in reforming the anti-narcotics campaign, specifically Oplan Tokhang.

Robredo, co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), met with members of the Mothers Against Drug Abuse (MADA), Naga City Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), and City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC).

The drug czar disclosed her plan of sending weekly reports to Duterte about what she has been doing in ICAD and her policy recommendations.

Robredo didn’t promise anything when it came to her leadership role in ICAD, but she set her sights on reforming the ongoing campaign so that it would not lead to senseless killings.

“Napadala na namin iyong first report. Siguro by middle of next week, ipapadala na namin iyong second report. Gusto ko lang na alam ni Presidente iyong lahat na nangyayari,” she said.

(We already sent the first report. Maybe by middle of next week, we will send our second report. I want the President to know all the things that are happening.)

The country’s top two officials have yet to see each other after Duterte appointed Robredo to co-chair ICAD. Her acceptance of the post makes her a part of the Duterte administration again, more than two years since she resigned as housing chief.

According to Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, Robredo is welcome to join the Cabinet meeting, but the Vice President said she would attend as long as she is invited.