President Rodrigo Roa Duterte remained true to his word as he officially designated Vice President Leni Robredo as the co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs that is responsible on the controversial war on drug campaign of the administration.
The designation was announced by Malacañang on Tuesday, November 11 in a memorandum dated October 31.
Under the said memorandum, Duterte said Robredo would serve as ICAD vice-chair until the end of the administration’s term on June 30, 2022, unless sooner revoked.
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The President also ordered the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police, Dangerous Drugs Board and all other law enforcement agencies to extend their “full assistance and cooperation” to Robredo to “ensure the success of the government’s efforts in the war against illegal drugs.”
The designation came after Robredo questioned the effectiveness of the administration’s War-On-Dugs in an interview with international news organization Reuters.
“Ibigay ko sa kanya mga six months. Siya ang magdala. Tignan natin kung ano ang mangyari. Hindi ako makialam. Sige, gusto mo? Mas bright ka? Sige. Ikaw. Subukan mo,” Duterte said.
However, Robredo recently ignored Duterte’s offer stating that the problem of the country cannot be resolved through insults.
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.