Duterte formally designates Robredo to co-chair anti-illegal drugs campaign

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President Rodrigo Duterte (right) and Vice President Leni Robredo (left)

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

On October 31, the Duterte signed Robredo’s appointment paper. 

“Pursuant to the provisions of existing laws, rules and regulations, you are hereby designated  as the Co-Chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs to lead the Government’s efforts against illegal drugs until 30 June 2022, unless sooner revoked,” the memorandum from the Office of the President reads.  

In the meantime, Robredo has not yet released her statement regarding her designation. 

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Designation of Vice President Leni Robredo as President Rodrigo Duterte’s co-chair of on the anti-illegal drugcampaign

Last week, Duterte challenged Robredo to lead the drug war for six months instead of criticizing it.

“I said if she wants, I can commission her to be the drug czar. She has many complaints out there. She said you have to redirect your… or whatever,” he said. 

“I’ll give you six months. Let’s see if you can handle it.”

This came after Robredo’s remark that Duterte should have allowed the United Nations to investigate his drug war which involved extrajudicial killings. 

“The President has already made very serious threats to drug syndicates, to drug lords… and yet it’s still very prevalent, so obviously it’s not working,” she said. 

Later on, she explained that her comments intended to urge the administration to “step back and assess” the drug policy. 

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