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Panelo in Robredo’s firing: Sisihin mo si Kiko!

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang cited two reasons why Vice President Leni Robredo was fired as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs.

“This is in response to the suggestion of Liberal Party President, Senator Francis Pangilinan, to just fire the Vice President from her post. This is also in response to the taunt and dare of VP Robredo for the President to just tell her that he wants her out,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Sunday.

Panelo said Robredo wasted her opportunity to effectively implement the drug war tactics and used such to criticized the government’s approach in combatting illegal drugs.

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“The President’s designation of VP Robredo was not like any offer to perform a certain task. It was an offer to make the campaign against illegal drugs better – a chance where both this Administration and the political opposition could have unified in fighting the social ill that has destroyed the lives of many and imperilled thousands others, in addition to creating a multitude of dysfunctional families and threatening the present and the next generation to useless existence,” according to him.

He said the Vice President could have sought audience with Duterte if she wanted clarification in the scope and limits of her new task.

“As always, she talked — not with her appointing authority — but right in front of the cameras asking the President on her supposed mandate,” Panelo also said.

“If VP Robredo is really serious in addressing the cause of the drug problem, she should have gone down to the grassroots — talking to the victims, to their families, and to the communities. Instead, she opted to have audience with the United Nations and the United States embassy officials who remain out-of-touch from the realities of the local drug problem on the ground,” he added.

The Palace official likewise frowned on Robredo’s intention to seek access to confidential law enforcement information.

He lamented that more than two weeks after her appointment, Robredo has not presented any new program that she envisioned to implement.

“In a campaign where people’s lives are at risk, a day is an eternity. The government can not twiddle its thumb and sit idly hoping for a flash of brilliance from the Vice President.

“It is time to put the issue to eternal rest and bury it in the graveyard of what could have been, as well as dismiss any obstacle that impedes the government to focus on the issue at hand,” he concluded.

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