Robredo did not make 'missteps' as drug war co-chair: PNP

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Posted at Nov 26 2019 09:03 AM | Updated as of Nov 26 2019 03:26 PM

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MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo did not make any "missteps" during her nearly 3-week stint as drug war co-chair, the Philippine National Police said Tuesday.

Robredo was removed from her post in response to her "taunt and dare" for President Rodrigo Duterte to just tell her that he wanted her out, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Panelo earlier said Robredo's "missteps," such as consulting international bodies on the drug war, cost her a Cabinet post.

"During her stay as co-chair of ICAD, we haven’t really noticed any report or missteps but in the continuing discussion of course there’s that exchange of ideas," PNP spokesman Bernard Banac told ANC's Early Edition.

"In so far as discussion on a higher level, the PNP is not really involved anymore so we leave it to the higher authorities."

Banac reiterated that Robredo's firing would not affect government's anti-narcotics campaign.

"The PNP will continue on and will pursue the campaign against illegal drugs, especially high-value targets relentlessly," he said.

"Her advocacy and desire for community-based rehab of drug users
more transparency of the campaign against illegal drugs
share that her desire and the direction of the PNP matches."

During her brief stint as ICAD co-chair, Robredo pushed for a community-based rehabilitation that treats drug addiction as a public health issue and not a purely law enforcement problem.

Sikini Labastilla, spokesman of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Alliance, said the group is thankful that their advocacy with the Vice President was put into greater light during her appointment.

"The big victory for us is we found a powerful ally in the Vice President. she’s always been there from the start but now this is the front and center of her campaign," he said.

"She realized that the 'laylayan' she’s been referring to was actually these people in the watchlist and everyone involved in the drug war. That’s the bigger picture for us."