By Prince Golez
This was how Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo described the remarks of Vice President Leni Robredo’s camp that his reaction to her non-release of drug war findings demonstrates a lack of empathy.
On Monday, Robredo deferred the release of her drug war report during her 18-day stint as co-chair of the Interagency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, citing the 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Davao del Sur on Sunday afternoon.
“The release of her report/recommendation, previously described by her as ‘discoveries’, insinuating that these were irregularities that she threatened to expose has nothing to do with focusing efforts to help the earthquake victims and the rehabilitation work on the resulting damage. Both can co-exist,” said Panelo.
In a statement on Tuesday, the Palace official added that Robredo’s resort to the sympathy card is “misplaced,” claiming that postponing the release of her much-awaited report while showing a copy of the 40-page document to the members of media revealed she only wanted the spotlight.
“She has deferred her report a number of times, looking for a perfect timing and hoping that people would pay attention to her as she struggles to be relevant, while the government is silently doing its job in addressing the issues our nation faces, such as providing assistance to those who were affected by the recent earthquake,” according to him.
Panelo reiterated that the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs is of utmost importance as its use disrupts people’s lives.
“The welfare of the next generation is at stake. If VP Leni has anything to recommend to improve the current anti-illegal drug war, out with it. This is not the time to vacillate. If she has ‘discoveries’ that she threatened to expose, bring it on!, as the President dares her to do,” he concluded.