Former President Benigno Aquino III doesn’t understand why President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Vice President Leni Robredo to oversee the government’s anti-drug campaign if he doesn’t trust her.
Aquino said Wednesday (November 20) that a presidential appointment presupposes the Chief Executive trusts the appointee.
“In-appoint mo, hindi mo pinagkakatiwalaan. Parang magulo ata ‘yon. Normally ‘pag ina-appoint mo, pinagkakatiwalaan mo,” he said at the sidelines of an event marking Senator Leila De Lima’s 1,000th day in detention.
Aquino and Robredo both belong to the Liberal Party.
In a press conference late Tuesday (November 19), Duterte said he didn’t appoint Robredo to a Cabinet position despite designating her as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) because he doesn’t trust her.
“My problem with Robredo is she talks too much. If that is the way her mouth behaves there can be no position for her,” the President said.
“The problem is I cannot trust her not only because she is with the opposition. I do not trust her because I do not know her,” Duterte added.
The President’s latest statement was a departure from his earlier remark that Robredo’s ICAD post is a Cabinet-level one, despite the absence of supporting documents.