“Kung ayaw niya ako dito in the first place, bakit ako in-appoint? Kung nagkamali siya sa pag-appoint sa akin, sabihin nya lang.”
This is the response of Vice President Leni Robredo on the latest tirade of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte against her appointment as co-chair of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD).
During a press conference, Duterte said that he can’t trust Robredo especially on the classified documents of the controversial drug campaign after she made a series of meetings with foreign institutions and personalities that have allegedly prejudged the campaign. He also threatened to fire Robredo from her post if she would share classified matters of the government since she will be jeopardizing the security of the state.
Despite criticisms from the administration, Robredo said she will continue to fulfill her duties as she never quits from jobs assigned to her, no matter how big or small.
“Ako never ako umayaw sa trabaho kapag binigyan ako ng trabaho. Kahit gaano iyon kaliit, gagawin ko iyong aking lahat ng makakaya para gampanan ang trabahong binigay sa akin. It is always worth working for something we believe in… Naniniwala ako na marami akong macoco-contribute sa kampanya laban sa ilegal na droga,” Robredo said.
Former President Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino III on Wednesday questioned President Duterte’s decision to appoint Robredo as drug czar if he doesn’t trust her. According to Aquino, leaders ‘normally’ appoint officials who they trust to do his job and to do it well.
“Pwede ba ‘yung itatalaga mo pero hindi mo pagkakatiwalaan? Medyo magulo yata,” the former President told reporters.
In a statement, Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said that the President’s decision stemmed from the“missteps” the Vice President committed as co-chairperson of the Inter-agency Council on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
“The Vice President talking with and seeking the advice of certain foreign institutions and personalities that have prejudged the campaign against illegal drugs as a violation of human rights, as well as a crime against humanity, did not sit well with the President.,” Panelo said.
“The VP’s actions are all documented [on] mainstream and social media. These missteps not only derailed President Duterte’s well-meaning intent for the Vice President to be part of the administration but registered red signs that could not be ignored,” he added.