Robredo after boot from drug war: ‘I am just getting started’

Robie de Guzman
 A handout photo made available by the Office of the Vice President shows Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo delivering a statement regarding her removal as co-chair of the country’s Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, in San Fernando, Camarines Sur province, Philippines 25 November 2019. 

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo said she is just getting started after President Rodrigo Duterte booted her from the government’s anti-drug body more than two weeks after she accepted the appointment.

In a press conference in Naga, Camarines Sur, Robredo assured that her firing as co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD) will not dampen her determination to end the killings under the government’s war on drugs.

“Kung sa tingin nila matatapos ito dito, hindi nila ako kilala. Nagsisimula pa lamang ako,” Robredo told reporters hours after Malacañang officials confirmed her removal from the position.

“Mahigit dalawang linggo pa lang mula nang tinanggap ko ang hamon na pamunuan ang kampanya laban sa iligal na droga. Mahigit dalawang linggo pa lang mula nang aking isinantabi ang napakaraming babala para pasanin ko ang trabahong halos imposible ay kailangan kong subukan para sa ating mga kababayan,” she added.

She continued with: “Hindi ako nagsayang ng oras, nakipag-pulong agada ko sa ICAD at sa iba’t ibang ahensiya. Kinonsulta natin ang iba’t ibang mga sektor. Pumunta tayo s amga komunidad. Nakipag-pulong tayo sa mga LGUs (local government units). Binisita natin ang mga rehab centers.”

“Pero nagsimula agad ang mga atake. Walang tigil ang pagbabatikos. Mahina raw ako sa krimen. Huwag daw akong makialam sa pulis. Hindi na raw ako mapagkakatiwalaan. Pinagtulung-tulungan at pinagkaisahan ako para hindi magtagumpay.”

It can be recalled that Duterte designated Robredo as ICAD’s co-chair on Oct. 31. She accepted the post on Nov. 6, saying her primary consideration in accepting the task was to promote a bloodless campaign against illegal drugs, as well as improve the program.

While she was the campaign’s co-lead, she met with agencies comprising the government’s anti-drug body, as well as officials from the United States government and the United Nations and other groups.

Several days later, Duterte expressed his distrust of Robredo over the supposed ‘missteps’ she took by talking to groups that are critical of his campaign.

On Nov. 24, Malacañang announced that Duterte has removed Robredo as ICAD’s co-chair.

“Kung pareho naman ang ating layunin, bakit hindi na lang tayo magtulungan? Hindi ba talaga sila seryoso sa laban? O may interes ba tayong nabangga?” she asked.

“Mr. President, hindi ko hiningi ang posisyong ito. Pero sineryoso ko ang trabahong ipinasa ninyo,” she added.

Robredo vowed that her termination from ICAD won’t silence her nor stop her determination in putting an end to senseless killings.

“Kahit tinanggalan ako ng posisyon, hinding-hindi nila kayang tanggalin ang aking determinasyon. Determinasyong itigil ang patayan, panagutin ang kailangang managot, at ipanalo ang kampanya laban sa iligal na droga,” she said.

“Sa mga susunod na araw magbibigay ako ng ulat sa bayan. Sasabihin ko ang aking natuklasan at ang aking mga rekomendasyon,” she further stated.

Malacañang earlier said the president fired Robredo in response to the suggestion of Liberal Party president, Senator Francis Pangilinan, to just fire the vice president from her post.

“This is also in response to the taunt and dare of VP Robredo for the president to just tell her that he wants her out,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Allan Manansala)

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