By Raymund Antonio
Silence has prevailed in the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo despite the repeated criticisms against her by President Duterte and his allies after her removal as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
Duterte said Robredo “made an asshole of herself” during her short stint as the ICAD co-chair–a post she held for less than a month before she was fired for committing ”missteps” such as consulting foreign organizations and seeking access to classified documents.
The Chief Executive was apparently irked by Robredo’s threat to reveal what she had found out on the drug war. He even dared her to speak up and expose her discoveries.
Duterte stepped up her attacks on Robredo by belittling again her capability to lead the nation if she becomes the country’s top leader.
“Huwag ka tumakbo sa pagkapresidente, wala ka talagang alam (Don’t run for president, you really know nothing),” Duterte said in an interview with CNN Philippines.
“Maghanap kayo ng iba diyan. ‘Yan ilagay niyo disgrasya yan (Look for someone else. It will be a disaster if you put her there),” he added.
But despite his tirade, Vice President Robredo chose not to react and maintained her silence on the issue.
There was also no word in the past two days even from his spokesperson and legal adviser Barry Gutierrez.
Robredo accepted the ICAD post given to her by the President on November 5, but she was fired after briefly serving only for 19 days. Duterte has yet to decide on the next drug czar.
Despite her removal, Robredo declared she has no intention of backing out from the fight against illegal drugs.
“Even if I’m no longer in position, it does not mean that we can no longer do anything,” she said at her recent meeting with members of the Mothers Against Drug Abuse (MADA) in Naga City.
“We are more eager because I already saw the deficiencies,” the lady official added.
Robredo stressed that “everyone should help look for solutions instead of just condemning the problems.”