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Ready to help! Admin, opposition senators welcome Robredo’s acceptance of top drug war post

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Administration and opposition senators welcomed Wednesday (November 6) Vice President Leni Robredo’s designation as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III described Robredo’s decision as a “very good move.”

“She can start by concentrating on prevention and rehabilitation. I’m willing to give her some ideas that have worked before,” he said.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former chief of the Philippine National Police, said he is willing to give Robredo pointers if asked.

“We should all give her the support she needs to contribute her share in battling this pestering problem of illegal drugs that destroys lives, families and the youth to whom we will bequeath the future of our beloved country. In my case I am ready and willing to humbly share whatever modest law enforcement experience I gained in my previous life,” he said.

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon urged the public to support Robredo in her new job.

“I call on the Filipino people and government instrumentalities involved in the campaign against illegal drugs to rally behind the Vice President. Her success is the success of our nation,” he said.

Senator Kiko Pangilinan, the Liberal Party’s president, said Robredo is sincere in wanting to make the government’s campaign against illegal drugs less bloody.

“Pinag-usapan sa partido ang offer. Tinimbang ang mga pros at cons. At kahit alam ni VP Leni na maaaring patibong ito, tinanggap niya ang hamon. Mas matimbang sa kanya ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan na target ng madugong drug war,” he said.

Senator Leila De Lima said Robredo will give direction to the war on drugs.

“Her presence would legitimize the right policies against illegal drugs. Magdadala siya ng sinserong paninilbihan sa isang programang ginagamit lamang para sa pamumulitika,” she said.

Reading a prepared statement, Robredo said the biggest consideration she had in accepting President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment was the chance to halt the alleged killing of innocents in the drug war.

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