By Mario Casayuran
The opposition Liberal Party (LP) said on Thursday that “numbers don’t lie” after a Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed that 44 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with Vice President Leni Robredo’s performance during her 19-day stint as Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) co-chairperson.
The LP, through Erin Tanada, LP vice president for external affairs, said that numbers do not lie.
‘’Dito makikikita na malaking tagumpay ang maikling panahon ni Vice President Leni Robredo bilang ICAD co-chair, taliwas sa sinabi ng Malacanang na wala siyang nagawa sa nasabing posisyon,” he pointed out. (The figures show that Vice President was successful in her job as ICAD co-chairman despite the short period she stayed in that post.)
Tanada was referring to the results of the Fourth Quarter 2019 SWS survey showing that 44 percent of Filipinos were contented with Robredo’s performance.
The same survey, according to Tanada, also indicated that 49 percent of Filipinos believe that Robredo’s removal from ICAD is an “admission” by the Duterte administration that the drug war is failing,
“Nagsalita na ang taumbayan na kuntento sila ang ginawang trabaho ni VP Leni sa kampanya kontra droga. Sino ngayon ang totoong incompetent sa giyera kontra ilegal na droga?” he added. (The people have stated that they are contented with the work of the Vice President. So who is now the real incompetent in the war against illegal drugs?)
Tañada pointed out that Robredo could have produced more positive results compared to the first three and one half years of the government’s anti-drug campaign if she was given enough time to perform her duties as ICAD co-chairman.
“Mas maraming positibong bunga sana ang makikita at mararamdaman ng publiko kung binigyan lang nila ng sapat na panahon ang Bise Presidente na gawin ang kanyang trabaho,” Tañada, who is also a human rights lawyer and a former lawmaker, said. (The Vice President could have done more had she been given sufficient time as ICAD co-chairperson.)
“It is unfortunate that the government allowed politics and personal agenda to prevail over the common good of the Filipino people when it removed Robredo from the post,” he added.##