Drug war better off without Robredo - PDEA Chief

Drug war better off without Robredo - PDEA Chief

This was the assertion of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquinothat the country’s war on the illegal narcotics trade is better without the Vice President leading it.

Aquino shared the leadership with Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni”Robredo in the  Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) for almost 3 weeks before she was axed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Aquino described Robredo as “Ok” when she was a co-chair of ICAD, but it was uncomfortable for him to work with her.

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino
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“Masyadong malayo 'yung aming designation para maging co-chair ko siya so nahirapan ako,” Aquino told reporters.
(I had difficulties because there was a huge gap between our posts.)
“If and when sana 'yung ka-partner ko eh same level with me, mas madali sana. Para bang ‘vice president ka eh ako [undersecretary] lang,’ parang ang hirap makitugma minsan,” he added.

(It would be easier if my partner was also on the same level as me. It’s difficult to work with her since she’s a vice president, and I’m just an undersecretary.)
Aquino lamented that he felt a sigh of relief when Robredo was fired by the President, it meant more leg room for him to do his job as a leader of that government agency.

“Of course, medyo nawawala 'yung pressure kasi once na andiyan siya (Robredo), I really feel uncomfortable din kasi nga vice president siya,” the PDEA chief said.

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