On firing Robredo as ICAD co-chair: The President’s decision must be respected –lawmakers

Maris Federez

MANILA, Philippines – Several senators agree that the decision of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to fire Vice President Leni Robredo from the co-chairmanship of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) must be respected by everyone.

As a former Cabinet member, Senator Joel Villanueva believes that as an appointing authority, the Chief Executive has the right to remove whoever he assigned to any post.

Nevertheless, the senator also would like to know the details behind the president’s move.

“Nakakalungkot lang din, kumbaga parang na-endo talaga si VP Leni dahil in the span of two weeks hindi natin masyadong nakita kung ano yung what she can actually bring to the table,” Villanueva said.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, on the other hand, said he doesn’t question the President’s decision although he believes that Vice President Robredo didn’t do anything wrong in her short stint in the ICAD.

“I will maintain na tama yung paghingi niya ng high-value target list kasi kailangan malaman din niya ano extent ng problema,” Lacson said, adding, “ako nanghihinayang ako. Again I’ll say na she was on the right track in addressing the problems of drugs.”

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, meanwhile, said the issue is about the trust that the President gave to Robredo which she lost.

“The appointment of the Vice President as ICAD co-chair is based on trust. Once trust is lost, the position is lost. We have a word for it in Filipino – ‘sayang’,” said Sotto.

For Senator Christopher Bong Go, it is not good that the government’s campaign against illegal drugs is being mixed with politics. “Naging pulitika na po yung isyu na yang campaign against illegal drugs. Hndi na po makakabuti sa mga Pilipino,” Go said. (from the report of Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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