Malacanang : Robredo ‘wasted’ opportunity to improve drug war

Malacanang : Robredo ‘wasted’ opportunity to improve drug war

Opportunity lost.
This is how Malacanang described the sacking of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

The opportunity to work with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in the crackdown of the illegal drug trade in the country was lost when the Vice President publicly dared the President to fire her if he does not trust her.

Vice President Leni Robredo and president Rodrigo Duterte
(photo credit to PNA)

“She blew it,” Panelo said in a press conference.
“It’s VP Leni herself asking the President to fire her. Don’t forget that. If you were the appointing power, how would you receive that dare and taunt?” he added.
It was the Vice President’s missteps such as meeting with foreign entities, seeking classified information, and failing to present new solutions to stop the illegal drug trade were the main reasons that led to her sacking, according to Panelo.

Also, Robredo’s ally Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan also called out the President to just axed Robredo if full trust cannot be given by the former to the latter.
Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Panelo explains that the position as drug czar was given to the Vice President to make the campaign against illegal drugs better -- a chance where both the administration and the political opposition could have worked together.
“Unfortunately, she wasted such opportunity and used the same as a platform to attack the methods undertaken by this Administration,” Panelo said.
Asked to described how Duterte mentioned his plan to fire Robredo, Panelo said: “Basta sinabi ni Presidente (The President just said), ‘I’m firing her.’ Sabi ko (I asked) ‘When?’ Sabi niya (He said) ‘Now.’”

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