Vice President Leni Robredo has finally agreed on Wednesday to co-chair the committee on anti-drug campaign with President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Kung ito ang pagkakataon para matigil ang patayan ng mga inosente at mapanagot ang kailangang managot, papasanin ko ito. Kaya tinatanggap ko ang trabaho na binibigay sa akin ng Pangulo,” she said in a press briefing on Wednesday.
In a memorandum dated October 31, Duterte appointed Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
Robredo’s party was initially close-mouthed with regards to her decision, but her spokesperson later on said:
“How can we accept the position when it is meaningless? If you look at the executive order creating the [committee], the co-chair post is nonexistent.”
Meanwhile, a member of Liberal Party believed that this was just a ‘set up’ for Robredo’s failure.
Duterte’s challenge for Robredo to head the war on drugs followed after the latter’s remarks in an interview with Reuters, where she commented that this campaign has to stop since it’s “obviously, not working.”
Afterwards, the Vice President explained her comments did not mean to ask for the campaign to stop, but was rather intended for the administration to reassess it.
Robredo, however, took some time before finally deciding to accept the President’s dare as she suspected the sincerity of the invitation.