PDEA respects Duterte decision on relief of Robredo as anti-drug czar

Published November 25, 2019, 7:16 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Chito Chavez

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director-General Aaron Aquino said late Sunday that he believed in the wisdom of President Duterte’s decision to sack Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairman of the Inter Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron N. Aquino (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / MANILA BULLETIN)
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron N. Aquino (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / MANILA BULLETIN)

Refusing to comment if pleased with the President’s action, Aquino said the agency respected the decision to fire Robredo.

Before Robredo was appointed as ICAD co-chairman, Aquino insisted the Vice-President will fail, citing her lack of experience in the intricacies of the anti-illegal drug operations.

Aquino asserted “the President’s decision would not impact PDEA’s efforts to carry out its mandate of combating illegal drugs in the country’’.

“Whatever happens, PDEA will continue to carry out its mandate to rid the country of illegal drugs with utmost sincerity and integrity,” Aquino said.

Last November 6, Duterte appointed Robredo as ICAD co-chairman after being apparently peeved with her call for the administration to reassess its drug war strategy.

Yesterday Duterte fired Robredo from her ICAD post on due to several reasons specifically her alleged lack of action on the drug problem and her alleged motive to “politicize” the issue.
Robredo once asked to be provided with a copy of the high value target (HVT) drug personalities which Aquino vehemently opposed claiming it is out of her mandate as his co-chairman.

However, Aquino later on tried to provide Robredo with classified information about drug suspects, but his ICAD co-chairman rejected the offer until Duterte made her mandate clear.

Aquino refused to comment if Robredo’s firing as ICAD co-chairman would be beneficial for the government’s illegal drug campaign.

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