Pres. Duterte fires Robredo as drug czar

Pres. Duterte fires Robredo as drug czar

It was good while it lasted.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte made the hammer fall and let go of the Vice President as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has confirmed President Duterte has fired Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo as the country’s drug czar.
Pres. Duterte and V-Pres. Robredo
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“Yes,” Medialdea said, when asked if Robredo was sacked as head of ICAD.
Duterte fired Robredo as drug czar, after his warning that he would fire the Vice president if she will discloses confidential information as regards the country’s ongoing relentless illegal drug war.
The President has recently made it in public that he was not satisfied with Robredo’s performance as the country’s drug czar.

“Insofar as what she (Robredo) is doing now, that is not very clear to me. Nakukulangan ako sa ability niya (I am not satisfied with her ability),” the President said in a media interview.

“Ako, hindi pa siya nagta-trabaho talaga nang husto (For me, she has yet to give her best as she is really not doing her job well). I have yet to see the Vice President working as an ICAD co-chair,” he added.
The Vice President was supposed to help her ICAD co-chair, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino, in addressing the drug menace in the country until June 30, 2022.

VP robredo was appointed as ICAD co-chair last October 31, 2019, following her claims that the current administration’s drug war is “absolutely not working.”
Over the weekend Duterte was quoted in saying that he can “never” trust Robredo when it comes to not disclosing state secrets as regards the illegal drug war.
“There can never be a trust that can be nurtured between the two of us for the simple reason that Leni Robredo is with the opposition, ako nandito ako sa kabila (while I belong to the ruling party),” Duterte said.

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