Palace welcomes Robredo as drug czar

Aileen Cerrudo
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo on the sidelines of the commencement exercises of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The Malacañang has welcomed Vice President Leni Robredo’s decision to accept the offer to become the drug czar for the administration’s war on illegal drugs.

On Wednesday (November 6), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the vice president is welcome to join the cabinet meeting on Thursday (November 7) to talk to President Rodrigo Duterte about the parameters of her power.

“So she would know exactly what she will do or what she intends to do, to tell the President what she has in mind so the President can help her,” he said.

Panelo also lauded Robredo for accepting the offer of the chief executive.

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“By her acceptance, it shows that she is much smarter than her colleagues in the opposition who don’t want her to succeed,” Panelo added.

The Malacañang confirmed that the drug czar will have all the access in the intelligence reports and documents on the anti-drug war.

Panelo also reiterated that the president’s offer was not a trap and assured the cabinet will support her.

“We will give all the support, being a member of the cabinet, it behooves all of to help each other because her success is the success of the cabinet as well as this administration and ultimately the Filipino people,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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