MANILA, Philippines – Several senators agreed on President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs.
Senators Vicente Sotto III and Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, in reaction to the issue, challenged Robredo to accept the job.
“Dapat tanggapin ni Vice President Leni iyan para siya at yung mga advisers niya, once [they] start researching and studying the issue, they will realize that hindi puwedeng itigil ang war on drugs. It is a never-ending struggle,” he added.
(TRANSLATION: Vice President Leni should accept [the post] so that she and her advisers, once [they] start researching and studying the issue, they will realize that the war on drugs cannot be put on hold. It is a never-ending struggle.)
Go, on the other hand, addressed Robredo saying it’s a perfect chance for the Vice President to prove herself in the war on drugs.
“I challenge Vice President Leni to accept the job,” he said.
“Malay mo Ma’am, kaya mo iyan. At nang makita mo po kung ano ang trabaho ng isang president. Subukan mo up to the last day of your term, sa term din po ng pangulo up to June 30, 2022. Tingnan natin kung makakatulog ka pa,” he said challenging Robredo.
(TRANSLATION: You never know Ma’am, you might be good at it. This way you’ll be able to see for yourself what being a president entails. Try it up to the last day of your term and the president’s term on June 30, 2022. Let’s see if you can still sleep at night.)
The two senators clarified that Robredo’s appointment to the position doesn’t manifest that the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs is a failure.
Sotto also emphasized that such gesture by the President would allow the opposition side to weigh for themselves how grave the country’s problems on illegal drugs is.
Go, however, stressed that the position is not being pressed on Robredo but what is important is that the President has given the Vice President a chance to prove her capabilities. MNP (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)
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