Trillanes: Offer to Robredo to lead drug war a ‘distraction’ from gov’t failures

Vice President Leni Robredo and former Sen. Antonio Trillanes / file photo via ABS CBN

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV can’t help but comment about the recent move of President Rodrigo Duterte to assign Vice President Leni Robredo as the co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), saying it was meant to create distraction from the government’s failures.

“I see it as a political distraction. It has no value,” Trillanes said addressing the reporters, according to Inquirer’s article.  

“As I said, this offer should give full authority [to Robredo]. It seems that this being pushed as an issue so it would be discussed instead of his [the President’s] failure.” He said

“This started with the assessment of Vice President Leni that the number of drug users had been increasing, according to Duterte himself. This means that the program was failing,” Trillanes added.

Trillanes, the always critic of Duterte, discourages Robredo from accepting the offered position.

He said, the Vice President should not settle for less than absolute authority to address the illegal drug problem.

“This is just for distraction. They will play with her. But she is not the issue here. The issue is Duterte’s approach [to the problem] for the past three years,” Trillanes said

The former senator, on the other hand, expressed confidence that Robredo would succeed if given an absolute power to lead the war against illegal drugs.

“For me, on the assumption that Duterte would give full authority to VP Leni, she should go after the drug lords that remained untouched under the Duterte administration for the past three years,” he added.

“The past three years, Duterte focused on suspected users. But the drug lords who should have been the focus were neglected,” the former senator went on.

Source: Inquirer

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