‘Nagsisimula pa lamang ako,’ says Robredo after being fired by Duterte

‘Nagsisimula pa lamang ako,’ says Robredo after being fired by Duterte




18 days.
It took only 18 days before President Rodrigo Roa Duterte axed her Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

The Vice President in a press conference in her home province in Naga, Camarines Sur she confirms that she has been fired by Duterte. But such circumstance has not deterred the Vice President and assured her supporters that her dismissal from the anti-drug panel won’t dampen her determination to stop the killings in the name of the drug war.



“Kung sa tingin nila matatapos ito dito, hindi nila ako kilala. Nagsisimula pa lamang ako,” she said Monday.

(If they think this would stop here, they don’t know me. I’m just starting.)
“Mahigit dalawang linggo pa lang mula nang tinanggap ko ang hamon na pamunuan ang kampanya laban sa iligal na droga. Mahigit dalawang linggo pa lang mula nang aking isinantabi ang napakaraming babala para pasanin ko ang trabahong kahit halos imposible ay kailangan kong subukan para sa ating mga kababayan,” she continued. “Hindi ako nagsayang ng oras: Nakipagpulong agad ako sa ICAD at iba’t-ibang mga ahensiya. Kinonsulta natin ang iba’t-ibang mga sektor. Pumunta tayo sa mga komunidad. Nakipagpulong tayo sa mga LGUs (local government units). Binisita natin ang mga rehab centers.”


(Just over two weeks since I accepted the challenge to lead the campaign against illegal drugs. Just over two weeks since I set aside the many warnings for me to take on the job, even if it’s almost impossible, I took it to try for our fellowmen. I did not waste time: I immediately met ICAD and other concerned agencies. I consulted with different sectors. We went to communities. Met with LGUs. Visited rehab centers.)

“Pero nagsimula agad ang mga atake. Walang tigil ang pagbabatikos. Mahina raw ako sa krimen. Huwag daw akong makialam sa pulis. Hindi raw ako mapagkakatiwalaan. Pinagtulung-tulungan at pinagkaisahan ako para hindi magtagumpay,” she added.
(But the attacks started immediately. Persistent criticisms. They say I’m weak about crimes. They said I should not meddle with the police. They say I cannot be trusted. I was ganged up on so I won’t succeed.)

“Hinding-hindi nila kayang tanggalin ang aking determinasyon. Determinasyong itigil ang patayan, panagutin ang kailangang managot, at ipanalo ang kampanya laban sa iligal na droga,” Robredo vowed







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