Sotto maintains that Robredo should have not concerned herself with law enforcement

Published November 21, 2019, 10:17 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Vice President Leni Robredo should not have meddled with law enforcement matters in co-leading the Interagency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (Czar Dancel /  MANILA BULLETIN)
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)

Sotto on Thursday said President Duterte could have given Robredo his trust had the latter stuck to her job as ICAD co-chair.

The Senate leader, who was former Dangerous Drugs Board chairman, maintained that Robredo’s duty as one of the heads of the interagency anti-drug panel is confined to making sure that policies against illegal drugs are being implemented by concerned government agencies.

“PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) appointed [the] VP as co-chair of ICAD for her to see the drug problem up close. All could be well with [the] VP [and] PRRD if she confines herself with the job description of co chair of ICAD, which is coordinating and monitoring of policies among member agencies and not dip into issues on enforcement,” Sotto said in a message to reporters.

He blamed Robredo’s advisers for “taking to a different level” the President’s designation of the Vice President, which he said “defeated” its purpose.

Duterte on Tuesday said he cannot trust Robredo despite appointing her as co-drug czar. He said the Vice President, who is from the opposition, does not have an automatic authority over classified government information as he feared that she may leak state secrets.

He said Robredo can only give “directions” and “guidance” to the member-agencies in the ICAD, but should not involve herself in law enforcement.

Robredo, who earlier said that she wants to focus on supply of illegal drugs entering the country, has asked Duterte to clarify her mandates as ICAD co-chair.

Signed by Duterte in March 2017, the Executive Order No. 15 created the ICAD which “shall ensure that each member agency shall implement and comply with all policies, laws and issuances pertaining to the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign, in an integrated and synchronized manner.”

It designated the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as chair of the committee.

Among its functions, the ICAD must ensure the “effective conduct of anti-illegal drug operations and arrest of high-value drug personalities and street level pushers and users.”

While the EO did not include a co-chairperson, it states that the chairperson would have “over-all responsibility” in ensuring that the objectives of the ICAD and its clusters — enforcement, justice, advocacy, and rehabilitation and integration clusters — are accomplished.

The ICAD chairperson shall also lead the National Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force composed by law enforcement agencies “to undertake sustained anti-illegal drug operations” in coordination with the PDEA.

 
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Sotto maintains that Robredo should have not concerned herself with law enforcement

Published November 21, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Vice President Leni Robredo should not have meddled with law enforcement matters in co-leading the Interagency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (Czar Dancel /  MANILA BULLETIN)
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN)

Sotto on Thursday said President Duterte could have given Robredo his trust had the latter stuck to her job as ICAD co-chair.

The Senate leader, who was former Dangerous Drugs Board chairman, maintained that Robredo’s duty as one of the heads of the interagency anti-drug panel is confined to making sure that policies against illegal drugs are being implemented by concerned government agencies.

“PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) appointed [the] VP as co-chair of ICAD for her to see the drug problem up close. All could be well with [the] VP [and] PRRD if she confines herself with the job description of co chair of ICAD, which is coordinating and monitoring of policies among member agencies and not dip into issues on enforcement,” Sotto said in a message to reporters.

He blamed Robredo’s advisers for “taking to a different level” the President’s designation of the Vice President, which he said “defeated” its purpose.

Duterte on Tuesday said he cannot trust Robredo despite appointing her as co-drug czar. He said the Vice President, who is from the opposition, does not have an automatic authority over classified government information as he feared that she may leak state secrets.

He said Robredo can only give “directions” and “guidance” to the member-agencies in the ICAD, but should not involve herself in law enforcement.

Robredo, who earlier said that she wants to focus on supply of illegal drugs entering the country, has asked Duterte to clarify her mandates as ICAD co-chair.

Signed by Duterte in March 2017, the Executive Order No. 15 created the ICAD which “shall ensure that each member agency shall implement and comply with all policies, laws and issuances pertaining to the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign, in an integrated and synchronized manner.”

It designated the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as chair of the committee.

Among its functions, the ICAD must ensure the “effective conduct of anti-illegal drug operations and arrest of high-value drug personalities and street level pushers and users.”

While the EO did not include a co-chairperson, it states that the chairperson would have “over-all responsibility” in ensuring that the objectives of the ICAD and its clusters — enforcement, justice, advocacy, and rehabilitation and integration clusters — are accomplished.

The ICAD chairperson shall also lead the National Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force composed by law enforcement agencies “to undertake sustained anti-illegal drug operations” in coordination with the PDEA.

 
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