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Robredo turns tables on Aaron Aquino for demeaning her ICAD stint: Siya nakiusap ‘wag akong umalis!

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Vice President Leni Robredo has expressed dismay at Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino for being two-faced while they were working together as co-chairpersons of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

Robredo slammed Aquino Sunday (December 15) for belittling her contributions to the drug war after she was sacked by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Aquino said after Robredo’s firing that the Vice President did not make any significant contribution to the drug war and she failed to meet with four clusters under ICAD.

Robredo disputed Aquino’s claim on her weekly radio show, “Biserbisyong Leni.”

“Noong nag-report sa akin iyong four clusters, nandoon siya, kaya hindi totoo na hindi ko na-meet iyong lahat na clusters,” she said of Aquino.

Robredo said she could not understand Aquino’s actions because he had said different things to her when they worked together at ICAD.

“Inaasahan mo kapag PMA-er, officer and gentleman. Pero ilang beses nang ang sinasabi sa harap ko, iba ang sinasabi sa media,” she said.

Turning the tables on Aquino, Robredo shared that the PDEA chief pleaded with her not to leave ICAD when they had a closed door meeting two days before she was fired.

“Sa harap ito ni Usec. Boyet Dy, sa harap ng lahat na kasama niya sa board ng PDEA—sinabi niya, Ka Ely, na ‘Ma’am, huwag mo kaming iiwan. Huwag mo kaming iiwan kasi maraming nangyayari noong nandiyan ka na.’ Sabi niya, Ka Ely, ‘Kasi ako, iyong sa akin, mahirap pasundin iyong mga ahensya kasi Usec lang ako,’” Robredo said.

“Naaalala ko, Ka Ely, ang sagot ko nga sa kaniya: ‘Hindi ko kayo iiwan,’ sabi ko, ‘Hindi ko kayo iiwan, Usec, puwera na lang kung tanggalin ako. Hindi ako magre-resign, iyon iyong ma-a-assure ko sa iyo, puwera na lang kung tanggalin ako,’” she added.

Robredo said she could not understand Aquino’s motive.

“Bakit kailangang… bakit kailangang iba iyong sinasabi mo sa harap ko at iba iyong sinasabi mo sa media? Pero sinabi niya sa harap ko, Ka Ely, hindi lang ako iyong nakarinig; maraming nakarinig,” she said.

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