Duterte wants Robredo to know realities on the ground and understand drug war operations



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Manila, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte gladly received Vice President Leni Robredo’s decision to accept her newly assigned task as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), according to MalacaƱang.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that during a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the chief executive mentioned it was “good” that Robredo agreed to become be his co-chair of the ICAD.



“With the Vice President at the helm of the anti-narcotics campaign, President Duterte expects that the former would see the realities on the ground, particularly with respect to the government’s position against extrajudicial or state-sponsored killings, and understand that deaths occur due to the violent reactions on the part of agents of the illegal drug trade against the strict enforcement of the law,” said Panelo.

Duterte issued a memorandum last Thursday, October 31, designating Robredo as ICAD co-chair to lead the campaign against illegal drugs until June 30, 2022.

In the same manner, Duterte also ordered all government law enforcement agencies to “extend their full assistance and cooperation to the Vice President to ensure the success of the Government’s efforts in the war against illegal drugs.”



The Vice President maintains her position against the drug war, particularly against the ever growing number of extrajudicial killings in the conduct of anti-drug operations.

Robredo said in a televised speech Wednesday, she is accepting the President’s offer as drug czar to stop the killings and hold accountable those behind rights abuses in the drug war.

"At kahit sabihin na nating ang alok na ito ay pamumulitika lamang, at hindi naman talaga ako susundin ng mga ahensya, at gagawin nila ang lahat para hindi ako magtagumpay, handa akong tiisin ang lahat ng ito. Dahil kung mayroon akong maililigtas na kahit isang inosenteng buhay, ang sinasabi ng prinsipyo at puso ko ay kailangan ko itong subukan," Robredo explained.



Source: Philstar


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