Robredo to keep post as anti-drug czar until told to resign

Published November 21, 2019, 9:48 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President and drug czar Leni Robredo may not have the trust of President Duterte, but she will keep her post until she is told to resign.

Vice President and drug czar Leni Robredo (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President and drug czar Leni Robredo
(OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Robredo, co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, said it is difficult to understand how the President could say that he doesn’t trust her when he appointed her to the ICAD post.

“Mahirap intindihin na walang tiwala sa akin, pero in-appoint ako,” she said in a media interview after her meeting at the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) office in Quezon City. (It is difficult to understand that he doesn’t trust me, but I was appointed.)

Robredo said she will continue to do her job in leading the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign despite Duterte’s tirade.

“Again, like what I have said, the mere fact that I’m given this job, I will do it with all my heart,” she said.

“It is always worth working for something we believe in. For me, I believe I can contribute a lot in the campaign against illegal drugs,” Robredo noted.

The ICAD co-chair was responding to Duterte’s remarks on Tuesday night that she could not be trusted and would not be made part of his Cabinet.

Duterte criticized how Robredo has been meeting with various international organizations critical of his drug war after she accepted the ICAD post.

But the Chief Executive maintained that he would not fire Robredo, noting that she will only be on a “need-to-know” category in obtaining classified information on the drug war.

The Vice President admitted she wrote a letter to Duterte to clarify her mandate as ICAD co-chair.

“For me, it is difficult (that) he doesn’t trust me. So I wrote to the President yesterday even before the presscon (press conference). I said he needs to clarify the mandate,” she said.

“Because he is the appointing officer, he should be the one to say what mandate he is giving me, what are the limits, because I do not have any plan to encroach on other’s mandate,” Robredo added.

“Hindi ako pumipili ng kahit anong designation; kapag sinabi niyang ito lang iyong trabahuhin ko, iyon lang iyong tatrabahuhin ko,” she explained. (I’m not after any designation. If he tells me that I should only work on this, that’s what I would work on.)

Asked if she thinks Duterte’s remarks could mean he wants her out, Robredo replied: “If he doesn’t like me here, in the first place, why did he appoint me? If he no longer wants me in the job, if he thinks he made a mistake in appointing me, and he wants to take it back, he can tell me,” she stressed.

On Wednesday, Robredo met with officials of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and DDB at their main office in Quezon City and held discussions with DDB chairman Catalino Cuy and other officials on how they can harmonize operations of member agencies under ICAD.

Before that, she also met with PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino, who wanted to give her sensitive information on the anti-drug campaign, but she declined.

“He was offering to brief me on some classified matters. But I refused. I said I would wait first for the reply of the President to my clarification,” she said.

 
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Robredo to keep post as anti-drug czar until told to resign

Published November 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President and drug czar Leni Robredo may not have the trust of President Duterte, but she will keep her post until she is told to resign.

Vice President and drug czar Leni Robredo (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President and drug czar Leni Robredo
(OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Robredo, co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, said it is difficult to understand how the President could say that he doesn’t trust her when he appointed her to the ICAD post.

“Mahirap intindihin na walang tiwala sa akin, pero in-appoint ako,” she said in a media interview after her meeting at the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) office in Quezon City. (It is difficult to understand that he doesn’t trust me, but I was appointed.)

Robredo said she will continue to do her job in leading the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign despite Duterte’s tirade.

“Again, like what I have said, the mere fact that I’m given this job, I will do it with all my heart,” she said.

“It is always worth working for something we believe in. For me, I believe I can contribute a lot in the campaign against illegal drugs,” Robredo noted.

The ICAD co-chair was responding to Duterte’s remarks on Tuesday night that she could not be trusted and would not be made part of his Cabinet.

Duterte criticized how Robredo has been meeting with various international organizations critical of his drug war after she accepted the ICAD post.

But the Chief Executive maintained that he would not fire Robredo, noting that she will only be on a “need-to-know” category in obtaining classified information on the drug war.

The Vice President admitted she wrote a letter to Duterte to clarify her mandate as ICAD co-chair.

“For me, it is difficult (that) he doesn’t trust me. So I wrote to the President yesterday even before the presscon (press conference). I said he needs to clarify the mandate,” she said.

“Because he is the appointing officer, he should be the one to say what mandate he is giving me, what are the limits, because I do not have any plan to encroach on other’s mandate,” Robredo added.

“Hindi ako pumipili ng kahit anong designation; kapag sinabi niyang ito lang iyong trabahuhin ko, iyon lang iyong tatrabahuhin ko,” she explained. (I’m not after any designation. If he tells me that I should only work on this, that’s what I would work on.)

Asked if she thinks Duterte’s remarks could mean he wants her out, Robredo replied: “If he doesn’t like me here, in the first place, why did he appoint me? If he no longer wants me in the job, if he thinks he made a mistake in appointing me, and he wants to take it back, he can tell me,” she stressed.

On Wednesday, Robredo met with officials of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and DDB at their main office in Quezon City and held discussions with DDB chairman Catalino Cuy and other officials on how they can harmonize operations of member agencies under ICAD.

Before that, she also met with PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino, who wanted to give her sensitive information on the anti-drug campaign, but she declined.

“He was offering to brief me on some classified matters. But I refused. I said I would wait first for the reply of the President to my clarification,” she said.

 
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