Oozing with confidence, Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday dished out a message to critics doubting she would not live up to her new role as the country’s anti-drug czarina.
“Are you ready for me?” Robredo said at the tail-end of her press conference where she announced her acceptance of the offer of President Rodrigo Duterte to be co-chairman of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-iIlegal Drugs (ICAD).
Duterte has appointed Robredo to the post as the Vice President, a vocal critic of the government’s war on drugs, continued to moan the thousands of dead drug personalities in Duterte’s bloody campaign against illegal drugs.
Robredo’s message may as well be addressed to Duterte.
Robredo said she accepted the offer even as she suspect that Duterte was not sincere in offering her the ICAD post and that she expected that the Duterte administration would try to make her fail in her added job as anti-drug czarina.
As ICAD co-chairman, Robredo would be working with 45 other government agencies in the inter-agency body that includes the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
At the press conference, the 54-year old Robredo said she would use her position in ICAD to stop the killings in the President’s crackdown on illegal drugs.
More than 5,000 drug personalities are said to have died in legitimate police operations that started after Duterte won the presidency in 2016.
Human rights organizations, however, estimate the total death toll at more than 27,000.
Robredo said Duterte’s war on drugs is apparently not working, and she hoped to contribute to stop the drug menace and the killings.
“Even if we say this offer is playing politics and that agencies will not follow me and they will do everything for me to fail, I am ready to endure all this because if I could save at least one innocent life, my principles and my heart are telling me, I should give this a try,” Robredo said.