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Barbers backs dismissal of VP as drug czar: Robredo not in sync with Duterte

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House Committee on Dangerous Drugs chair Robert Ace Barbers on Monday defended President Duterte’s decision to sack Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Council on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

Barbers said Robredo’s actions as the country’s anti-drug czar were “not in sync with the President that is why she was relieved as co-chair of ICAD.”

“If you are a Presidential appointee, no matter who you are, all your actions must be in-sync with the appointing power,” said Barbers.

Barbers stressed that Robredo “already knew the irritants” to the chief executive, yet “she continued with what she described as consultations with the different international bodies.”

“That I think showed that she is threading a different path from that of the President. Clearly, walang pupuntahan ang pagsasama nila kaya hangga’t maaga pa eh pinutol na”, Barbers said.

“Be that as it may however, we still expect that she will still help in the campaign against illegal drugs and propose new strategies and plans that she may have in mind for the war against drugs to succeed,” the solon from Surigao del Norte added.

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