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Lacson says Duterte’s threat to fire Robredo a ‘fair warning’: VP should keep secrets

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Senator Panfilo Lacson sees nothing wrong with President Rodrigo Duterte’s warning to fire Vice President Leni Robredo if she shares confidential information related to the drug war.

Lacson, a former chief of the Philippine National Police, said Robredo should know how to keep secrets.

“That is a fair warning. Nobody, not even the second highest official of the land should be allowed to share with anybody, much less a foreign country classified information that could compromise national security,” he said in a statement Monday (November 18).

“I’m sure the Vice President or any responsible high government official is aware of that basic rule in the handling of classified materials. Violators are liable for the crime of espionage,” Lacson added.

Duterte threatened to fire Robredo if she lets any confidential information slip as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

“Classified matters cannot be shared. Once [she does] that, she’s out, I would fire her. Because you jeopardized the security of the state,” he told GMA News last week.

Robredo has asked the Philippine National Police for the list of high-profile targets in the drug war. The police, however, said it will heed the decision of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on the matter.

The Vice President assured Duterte she won’t reveal sensitive information related to the drug war.

“Iyong assurance naman, lahat na sensitive information, hindi idi-disclose,” she told reporters at the sidelines of the Senate plenary debates on the Office of the Vice President’s proposed 2020 budget.

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