Vice President Leni Robredo has clarified that her acceptance of the position given by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has nothing to do with her plans to run for higher post in the 2022 national elections.
“Kung iniisip ko iyong 2022, hindi ko ito tatanggapin kasi too much of a risk. Pero madedehado masyado ang ating mga kababayan pag kaming mga nakaupo tinitignan na agad ang 2022,” Robredo said in a statement.
Robredo’s comment came following a statement issued by the Malacañang after she accepted on Wednesday, Nov. 6, her appointment as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
The Vice President pointed out that she would’ve turned down the appointment if she were thinking about the next national elections, adding that her activities for the poor Filipinos will not be used as her “ladder to the presidency.”
Robredo said thinking about 2022 would only “compromise” her works.
“Bakit ko sasayangin ang oras ko dito na sobrang hirap umakyat para lang makausap iyong mga kaunting tao na karamihan nga siguro sa kanila hindi ako kilala?” she said.
The ICAD was created through Executive Order 15 issued in March 2017 which mandates to ensure the effective conduct of anti-illegal drug operations and arrest of high-value drug personalities down to the street-level peddles and users and cleanse the bureaucracy of unscrupulous personnel involved in illegal drug activities, among other functions.