By ROGER M. BALANZA
Vice President Leni Robredo said she would not care if she is fired as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), the lead agency in the government’s war against drugs..
President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Robredo to the ICAD post so she can contribute to the anti-illegal drugs campaign, after the Vice President criticized the government’s war on drugs. The President, during a late evening press conference on Tuesday, said he does not trust Robredo with classified information related to the government’s drug war, and warned she would fire her if she shares the information with foreign governments or foreign groups.
Duterte said she could no longer trust Robredo because she is consulting with foreign governments and for her repeated claim of alleged violations of human rights in the government’s war on drugs.
In the press conference, Duterte also called Robredo as a “scatterbrain” with “knee jerk” impulses.
Robredo yesterday, said she would immediately pack up and resign her ICAD post if Duterte himself will ask her to leave.
“If he thinks he committed a mistake in appointing me and wants to revoke it, he should just say so,” the Vice President told reporters after emerging from a meeting with officials of the Dangerous Drugs Board in Quezon City.“He should tell me directly. I’m easy to talk to.”
Robredo denied news reports that she had invited a foreign human rights advocate and prosecutors of the International Criminal Court to come to the country to probe human rights violations and extra-judicial killings in the Duterte administration’s bloody war on drugs; as well as her reported meetings with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.