By Genalyn Kabiling
Vice President Leni Robredo has made “an a**h*le of herself” during her brief stint as the country’s drug czar, President Duterte declared Thursday.
The President slammed anew Robredo after she threatened to uncover her findings on the administration’s war on drugs, challenging to do it already.
“You seem to be threatening na may information ka. Ilabas mo. Yung mga statements na may ganun na marami pa ako information na bantay kayo [You seem to be threatening that you have information. Reveal it. Those statement that ‘I have information so better watch out],” he said in an interview with reporters at the Palace.
“In the so many days, how long was there? She made an a**h*le of herself. Always talking” he added.
Duterte said instead of consulting with law enforcement authorities and drug rehabilitation personnel, Robredo met with the United Nations and the United States embassy officials about the drug war when she served as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Illegal Drugs.
“Ang ayaw ko doon [What I did not like was] the first thing she did was to go to the embassy of the United States of America then to the UN and to the EU,” he said.
“Lahat ng ano kinausap mo instead of talking to the law enforcement, instead of talking to the barangay captains, instead of talking itong mga tao handling rehabilitation [You talked to everyone instead of talking to the law enforcement, instead of talking to the barangay captains, instead of talks to the people handling rehabilitation]. Sabi ko [I said] she made an a**h*le of herself,” he added.
Duterte also threatened anew to shoot the foreign human rights advocate who wanted to visit the country and advise Robredo about the drug war.
He said he believed that this person was invited by Robredo but he could not prove it. He admitted that he apologized to the Vice President after she denied inviting a UN prosecutor to probe the war on drugs.
“I cannot prove it pero bakit nagtweet that ‘I’m packed and ready to go and arrest Duterte.’ P**** i*** barilin ko siya sa harap niya. Papuntahin siya dito. Arestuhin mo ako? Hiyain mo ako ng ganun? Impyerno ang labas natin [Son of a b*tch I will shoot him. He will go here and arrest me? Humiliate me? There will be hell to pay],” he said.
“This is not the first time that I killed a dog,” he added.
Duterte was alluding to Phelim Kine, former director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, who earlier said he was prepared to visit the country and advise Robredo on “how to end this murderous ‘drug war.'” Kine currently serves as director of research and investigations at Physicians for Human Rights.
The President recently fired Robredo as ICAD co-chairperson for reasons, including her alleged incompetence and failure to present any new strategy to address the country’s drug problem.
Duterte was also displeased with Robredo’s supposed missteps such as taunting him to fire her, consulting foreigners critical of his drug war, and seeking access to classified information on the anti-drug campaign.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo had said Robredo had it coming after she disrespected the President’s office and engaged in grandstanding. He added that Robredo deserved her fall from grace following her unceremonious firing as anti-drug czar.
“Her tirades and threats following her unceremonious but deserved firing is unsurprising. There is no greater fury than a woman scorned,” Panelo said in a statement last Wednesday. “There is a Spanish word that aptly describes her fall from grace: Merece,” he added.