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PDEA Chief Says Robredo Will Fail As A Drug Czar

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Aaron Aquino believed that Vice President Leni Robredo will fail as a drug czar.

“PDEA believes that the Honorable Vice President is not abreast with the supply reduction efforts and lacks experience in dealing and working with law enforcers, ” Aquino said.

PDEA Chief Says Robredo Will Fail As A Drug Czar 1
The Philippine Star

Robredo’s inexperience may “derail” the agency’s “efforts and operations, ” the PDEA Chief added.

Duterte’s expertise

He also compared Robredo to President Rodrigo R. Duterte who is more experienced when it comes to the issue.

“Nagsimula na si Presidente, piskal pa lang siya marami na siyang kaso na puro drugs ang kaso niya. He cleaned Davao City during that time and makikita mo ‘yung experience niya on how to clean and to make drug-cleared Davao, ” he said.

“Personally, if you will ask me, sa palagay ko she will fail.”

Earlier, the President dared Robredo to head the drug war following her criticisms on the government’s drug war campaigns.

What the senators say

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian urged Robredo to accept the President’s challenge and use this as an opportunity to “use alternative strategies to eliminate illegal drugs  in the country.”

Senator Risa Hontiveros believed that Robredo is capable and could do “much better job” in solving the problems on illegal drugs while Leila De Lima called the offer a “silly trap.”

Robredo doubted the President’s offer. She also questioned the success of the administration’s drug war.

“If there is no failure [of the drug war], why would they pass it to me? Because you are only going to hand over a project once you can no longer fulfill it. If it is successful, there is no need to pass it over, because you have already done it well, ” she said.

The appointment

On Tuesday, Duterte formally appointed Robredo as a co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs to last on June 30, 2020 the end of her term.

Robredo is yet to give a statement regarding the appointment pending the official letter from Malacañang.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Robredo can decline the appointment.

Source: GMA News Online

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