The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo has yet to respond on her appointment signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
In a press conference on Tuesday, Robredo’s spokesman, lawyer Barry Gutierrez said that the appointment appeared to them as “not serious.” He also added that the position was “non-existent” according to Malacañang Executive Order 15 which created the ICAD.
“Walang power itong co-chair nitong ICAD.Hindi seryoso itong offer na ito. Clearly this is just a way to pass on ang mga pagkukulang nitong drug war dito kay VP Leni,” Gutierrez said during the press con.
“Paano naman namin ite-take seriously ang ganitong order?” he added.
The designation, which was a Cabinet rank, 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.
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.
Gutierrez also noted that Robredo is expected to speak on her position on the drug war, including her comments on Duterte’s appointment today, November 6.
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.