Duterte appoints Robredo as co-chair of Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs

Robie de Guzman
Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has formally appointed Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), Malacañang announced on Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the president has signed Robredo’s appointment paper, and a copy of which will be released to the media in due time.

The Palace also released a document signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Oct. 31 which states the transmission of the designation letter to the Office of the Vice President.

“I am pleased to transmit herewith your designation letter, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, as co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs,” the letter read.

Panelo said the position gives Robredo authority over drug enforcement agencies and offices, such as the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Philippine National Police, and the Dangerous Drugs Board until the end of her term on June 30, 2022.

With this development, Malacañang expressed hopes that members of the opposition group and other critics of the administration would see that Duterte is sincere in making such offer to Robredo.

“Understand that the Chief Executive’s ultimate motivation in making the same is the welfare of the Filipino people, with the hope that the government be successful in combatting the atrocity caused by the use and trade of illegal narcotics, regardless of who greatly contributed to such success,” Panelo said.

Robredo has yet to issue a statement, as of writing.

Last October 28, Duterte said he wanted to commission Robredo as drug czar, covering all of government’s anti-drug operations for six months.

He later amended it until the end of his term after opposition members questioned the offer.

Robredo, however, opted not to react on Duterte’s challenge.

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