MANILA – Vice President and Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) co-chairperson Leni Robredo should talk less and instead perform more, according to House of Representatives speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.
Cayetano said in a television interview on Monday afternoon that Robredo should keep quiet for “a week or two” and buckle down to work in leading the government’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.
“She started on the wrong mouth,” Cayetano said in an interview with the CNN Philippines. “I’ve been monitoring the last three days and parang from Operation Tokhang, naging Operation All-talk.”
“Pag-upo pa lang, UN papasukin ba o hindi? Tokhang tanggalin ko, so it’s hard. Then now she’s saying magpapa-briefing sya sa lahat ng departments, lahat ng agencies, eh hindi pa pala nagbi-briefing eh why already all those ideas and criticisms?” he added.
As Cayetano urged Robredo to “respect the work that has been done in the last three years,” he also wished that the Vice President will be successful in leading the country’s anti-narcotics campaign.
“The success of the ICAD and Vice President Leni is the success of the whole country. Their failure is not only her failure, failure natin lahat,” he said. “I want to make that clear na dapat tanggalin ang politics whether from the opposition or the administration when it comes to drug war.”
Robredo was appointed as ICAD co-chairperson of by President Rodrigo Duterte following her remarks that the administration’s drug war as “obviously not working.”
After accepting Duterte’s offer, the Vice President has vowed to change the direction of the campaign by implementing a health-based approach and ending extrajudicial killings related to the drive./PN