Carebears! Robredo doesn’t mind if PDEA’s Aquino thinks she will fail as drug czar
Vice President Leni Robredo shrugged off recent pronouncements made by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino, who earlier said he was expecting her to fail in leading efforts against illegal drugs.
Robredo said she’s unaffected by the grim prediction given by Aquino, now her co-chair at the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
“Walang personal sa akin. Hindi ako apektado ng lahat na sinabi, kasi sa akin, trabaho ito,” the Vice President said.
The PDEA chief earlier said that Robredo may not be a good fit for the job, as she was not well-versed in law enforcement. He later said that perhaps the Vice President could instead deal with the “advocacy” side of the anti-drug campaign.
Aquino seemed to make a turnaround soon enough, as Robredo stepped up to the challenge posed by President Rodrigo Duterte, who appointed her as ICAD co-chair.
Aquino said he welcomed the Vice President’s appointment to the committee, and vowed to support her in this endeavor. He admitted, too, that it would be “awkward” to share the chairmanship with the second highest official in the land.
But Robredo reiterated that public servants must not let their ego get in the way of work.
“Gaya ng parati kong inuulit-ulit, kapag public servant ka, wala ka dapat ego. Hindi ko pinersonal ‘yong lahat na comments na nabitawan,” she said. “Basta kami, magtatrabaho kami nang maayos at seseryosohin namin ito.”