Robredo assures no sensitive info on PH drug war will be disclosed
Robie de Guzman • November 18, 2019 • 185
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday assured the public that no classified information on the government’s campaign against illegal drugs will be disclosed.
Robredo gave the assurance in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s warning, relayed by Malacañang on Sunday, to fire the vice president as co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs if she divulges sensitive information that may jeopardize the government’s campaign and the national security.
The Palace issued the warning following Robredo’s request to access obtain baseline data, including the number of high-value targets, on the anti-drug campaign, and her recent meetings with representatives from the United Nations and the United States for possible aid that they may extend to fight the Philippines’ drug problem.
“Iyong assurance naman, lahat ng sensitive information hindi idi-disclose,” Robredo told reporters in the Senate where she attends the plenary deliberations on the proposed budget of the Office of the Vice President for 2020.
Robredo accepted Duterte’s appointment to co-lead the government’s war on drugs last Nov. 6.
She said her primary consideration in accepting the task was to promote bloodless campaign against illegal drugs, as well as other proposals to improve the government’s war on drugs. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson believes that Vice President Leni Robredo should justify the need to reveal her findings during her short stint as the co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).
“Kung gagawin ganoon lalong lalala, ang wedge lalapad. It’s her call. Kailangan justify niya rin,” Lacson told reporters at the Senate on Monday when asked for comment on Robredo’s statement.
“But sa akin I don’t think it’s still necessary. What for? Dahil binigyan ka ng katungkulan na gagampanan mo, ngayong natanggal ka, isisiwalat mo ang mga natuklasan mo?” he added.
The senator said if the information will help improve the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, then Robredo should reveal it “by all means.”
“Depende sa anong isisiwalat niya. If it is to destroy or impede ang anti-illegal drugs campaign, huwag naman sana,” he said.
“Pero kung natuklasan niya para ma-enhance ang fight against illegal drugs, then by all means,” he added.
Lacson also said that if Robredo plans to divulge mistakes that would make some people criminally liable then she should have done it while she was still holding the post.
“Pero kung may nakita siyang pagkakamali that would point to several persons that could be held criminally liable, dapat noong nasa position siya,” he said.
The vice president earlier vowed to remain determined to end the killings under the government’s war on drugs despite her termination as ICAD’s co-chairperson.
She also promised to report to the public some information about the drug war and her recommendations.
Over the weekend, Malacañang confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has fired Robredo in response to the opposition’s dare to remove her from post due to lack of trust.
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.
“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)
MANILA, Philippines – After 18 days in office as co-chairperson of the Interagency Committee on Anti-Drugs (ICAD) Vice President Leni Robredo was kicked out of the position by her appointing authority, President Rodrigo Duterte.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President has given Robredo the opportunity to discuss her plans with him so that they could talk about the limits of her job in the agency.
“She never presented any program at all as you can see,” Panelo said.
“She never presented any program, and remember, it is VP Leni herself who asked the president to terminate her,” he added.
Instead of talking to the President directly, Robredo preferred to issue press statements and speak with foreign officials such as the United Nations and the United States which, according to Malacañang, was ‘grandstanding’ against her appointing power.
“Let me quote the President, the President said last night to me: ‘She was just grandstanding.’ She could’ve just come to Malacañang, everybody goes to Malacañang,” Panelo said in a separate interview.
Panelo said the vice president wasted the opportunity given to her.
“First day of appointment pa lang dapat (pumunta) ka na kay Presidente (she could have approached the President), knocked on the door of Malacañang,” the presidential spokesman said.
“Kung ang ordinaryong tao, nakakapasok sa Malacañang, ang bise presidente pa (If ordinary people can enter Malacañang, how much more the vice president)?” he added.
Meanwhile, Panelo said the Palace’s announcement of Robredo’s dismissal was enough and there was no need to issue an executive order on the matter.
Duterte appointed Robredo as drug czar on November 6.
The Palace has yet to announce if the President will appoint a new ICAD co-chairperson to replace Robredo. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
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