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Supalpal! PDEA chief feels ‘awkward’ working with Robredo vs. drugs after saying she’ll fail

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Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino admitted Wednesday (November 6) he feels awkward to be working with Vice President Leni Robredo after she announced her acceptance of her designation as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

“While this is a welcome development for the illegal drug campaign, personally I cannot help but feel somehow awkward to have the second highest elected official of the country as my co-chairman in ICAD,” Aquino said in a statement.

His remark came a few days after he said that Robredo will fail if she accepts President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer to oversee the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.

In an interview on CNN Philippines’ The Source Monday (November 4), Aquino said he was only starting to understand the magnitude of the country’s drug problem despite being in the police force for 36 years.

“Experience-wise, this has been my job for 38 years. The Vice President doesn’t have that experience,” he said.

Despite his misgivings about Robredo, Aquino said he was looking forward to working with the Vice President.

“The campaign against illegal drugs is far from over. The help of Vice President Robredo is very much appreciated especially in terms of harm and demand reduction efforts,” he said.

Aquino said he has instructed the ICAD secretariat to send to Robredo a briefer on the committee’s achievements and plans. He also expects a meeting to take place between the two of them soon.

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