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Why Duterte did not appoint Robredo to Cabinet post

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte changed his mind about appointing Vice President Leni Robredo, co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, to a Cabinet position, Malacañang said.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo cited “missteps” Robredo committed that prompted Duterte not to give her the rank of Cabinet.

“The Vice President talking with — and seeking the advice of — certain foreign institutions and personalities that have prejudged the campaign against illegal drugs as a violation of human rights, as well as a crime against humanity, did not sit well with the President,” said Panelo.

“The VP’s actions are all documented in mainstream and social media. These missteps not only derailed PRRD’s well-meaning intent for the Vice President to be part of the Administration, but registered red signs that could not be ignored,” he added.

Panelo said Robredo’s insistence on gaining access to documents and information pertaining to the campaign against illegal drugs added to Duterte’s reconsideration.

“Her requests for unrestricted data to help her fulfill her role is an admission that the earlier criticisms of the political opposition to which she belongs against the anti-drug operations have no factual basis,” the spokesman also said.

“Being a member of the Cabinet gives Ms. Robredo unlimited access to sensitive State matters which if transmitted by her whether purposely or otherwise could result to adverse consequences, especially since the VP has the tendency to be generous with acquired information and knowledge to others whose predilection may not be in the best interest of the country,” he concluded.

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