President Rodrigo Roa Duterte revealed that he feared Vice President Leni Robredo will mess up the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, prompting him to remove the Vice President as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
In an interview, Duterte said that “the more that she [Robredo] stays with the ICAD, the more that she would create issues.”
“Kaya ako takot kasi wala talaga siyang alam,” the Chief Executive pointed out.
“Ang kinatatakutan ko magkalat siya… Kaya ako takot, the more that she stays with the ICAD, the more that she would create issues and the more that the people will be like wondering, ‘Ano bang totoo dito?'” he added.
When asked about the reason why he appointed Robredo in the first place, Duterte said he thought she could help in the drug campaign since she “keeps on harping” ways to solve it.
“Actually it’s an exasperation thing for me. Sabi ko, eh di ikaw sumali ka na para malaman mo,” Duterte said.
The Chief Executive also noted that he didn’t like how Robredo sought help from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and officials from the US Embassy in Manila.
On November 6, Robredo accepted the drug czar post and since then she had started consulting different sectors, meeting local government units and visiting rehab centers. However, just 19 days from her tenure, Duterte fired Robredo, calling her a ‘failure’ and ‘ineffective’ for the position.