Robredo thinks Duterte admin not serious in campaign vs drugs, corruption

Published March 5, 2021, 10:22 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Vice President Leni Robredo has expressed doubt about the Duterte administration’s commitment to ending the scourge of illegal drugs and corruption in the country.

Vice President Leni Robredo

In an interview with GMA News’ “The Mangahas Interviews,” Robredo said it was evident that the administration fell short in addressing the situation.

“Para sa akin parang hindi sila seryoso… Apparent naman yung pagkukulang (For me, I don’t think they are serious. Their shortcomings are very apparent),” she said.

“Yung solution hindi madali pero doable. Pero parang ayaw gawin (The solution to the problem is doable but it appears that they do not want to do it),” she added.

The Vice President cited the government’s seeming lack of resolve to address the issue of illegal drugs and corruption in the Philippines.

“Kasi yung mga ginagawa hindi natin nakikita yung resolve na talagang (Based on what they are doing, we are not seeing that they have the resolve) to put an end to both our drug problem and corruption in the country,” she said.

Robredo was named as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) by President Duterte in 2019.

However, he fired her just after 19 days.

According to the Vice President, she started to wonder whether the administration was really serious about its promise to illegal drugs after her short stint in ICAD.

“Parati yung question after ako nag-ICAD, yun yung question parati sa isip ko na bakit parang meron akong impression na hindi seryoso na ayusin talaga yung drug problem (After ICAD, I kept on having this impression that they are not really serious in solving the drug problem),” Robredo said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Robredo cited the administration’s seeming lack of transparency in its crusade against corruption.

“Madali lang sabihin na against ako sa any form of corruption, pero marami levels na kailangan mo ayusin. Ang number one doon is transparency (It’s easy to say that you are against any form of corruption but there are many levels that you need to fix. Number one is transparency),” she said.

“Walang any indication na gusto maging transparent. Maraming mga bagay, maraming information na hindi natin alam (There hasn’t been any indication that they want to be transparent. There are many information that we do not know),” she added.

Robredo likewise cited how officials accused of corruption had just been moved to another position.

“Sasabihin parang galit, tatanggalin ko ‘yung taong ito tapos after a few months makikita natin nandoon na ulit sa isa (They’ll get angry and say they will remove this person but after a few months we’ll see them in another office),” she said.

“So, ano yung mensahe? Hindi seryoso (So what does this tell us? They are not serious),” she added.