Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said Malacañang should instead remove Vice President Leni Robredo from her drug czar post if they don’t want her, rather than insulting her with statements of distrust.
“Kung ayaw nila si VP Leni bilang drug czar, walang pumipigil sa kanila na tanggalin siya sa nasabing pwesto,” Pangilinan said in a statement on Friday.
The opposition senator also said they, referring to President Rodrigo Duterte’s party, have to stop threatening to fire Robredo since she is not tenacious to her post.
“Itigil na nila ang pananakot na tatanggalin si VP Leni sa pwesto at itigil din ang pasaring at pang-iinusulto na hindi maaring pagkatiwalaan si VP Leni. Hindi kapit-tuko sa pwestong drug czar si VP Leni,” he said.
Pangilinan released his statement after Duterte warned to remove Robredo from her appointment as the co-chairperson of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs if she exposes state secrets to foreign groups.
Aside from that, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also remarked that “trust is earned” and Robredo’s “missteps” did not earned their confidence in the event of keeping to oneself classified information.
Earlier, the Vice President met with US delegations for the country’s possible partnerships on its anti-illegal drug campaign.
“Marahil hindi nila inaasahan na tatanggapin ni VP Leni ang pwestong inalok nila kaya walang tigil ang mga puna at batikos na walang basehan,” Pangilinan said.
“Hindi na natin papatulan ang mga gawa-gawang kwento ng Malakanyang laban kay VP Leni. Walang kwenta, walang basehan, at gawa-gawa lang ang mga kwentong ito,” he added.
In the meantime, Robredo said she would not step down from her post without the President’s directive.