Duterte clarifies ICAD chair not a cabinet position

Published November 18, 2019, 11:17 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Genalyn Kabiling

Days after designating Vice President Leni Robredo as the country’s anti-drug czar, President Duterte has clarified that the appointment is not a Cabinet position.

President Rodrigo Duterte (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Duterte
(ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

“She is not a member of the Cabinet. I have not appointed her as a Cabinet member,” the President said in an interview with GMA aired Monday night.

The President made the remarks after warning he would remove Robredo from her ICAD post if she shared state secrets with foreign individuals and groups.

Duterte earlier issued a memorandum designating Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Illegal Drugs (ICAD).   The post, stated in the memorandum last October 31, was eventually accepted by Robredo to seek an end to the “senseless killings” related to the drug war.

The Palace initially claimed that Robredo would serve with a Cabinet rank, adding that she was even welcome to attend the Cabinet meeting if the drug war will be included in the agenda.

But on Monday, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo affirmed that Robredo’s position was not a Cabinet post.

“The post she was appointed to is not a Cabinet level,” he said.

“The discretion to appoint her as a member of the Cabinet, in addition to her appointment as the anti-illegal drug czar lies with the President,” he added.

 
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Duterte clarifies ICAD chair not a cabinet position

Published November 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Genalyn Kabiling

Days after designating Vice President Leni Robredo as the country’s anti-drug czar, President Duterte has clarified that the appointment is not a Cabinet position.

President Rodrigo Duterte (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)
President Rodrigo Duterte
(ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

“She is not a member of the Cabinet. I have not appointed her as a Cabinet member,” the President said in an interview with GMA aired Monday night.

The President made the remarks after warning he would remove Robredo from her ICAD post if she shared state secrets with foreign individuals and groups.

Duterte earlier issued a memorandum designating Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Illegal Drugs (ICAD).   The post, stated in the memorandum last October 31, was eventually accepted by Robredo to seek an end to the “senseless killings” related to the drug war.

The Palace initially claimed that Robredo would serve with a Cabinet rank, adding that she was even welcome to attend the Cabinet meeting if the drug war will be included in the agenda.

But on Monday, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo affirmed that Robredo’s position was not a Cabinet post.

“The post she was appointed to is not a Cabinet level,” he said.

“The discretion to appoint her as a member of the Cabinet, in addition to her appointment as the anti-illegal drug czar lies with the President,” he added.

 
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