Palace says Robredo deserved Duterte's boot from drug war

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 27 2019 08:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo chat at the sidelines of the 38th Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Commencement Exercises in Silang, Cavite on March 24, 2017. King Rodriguez, Malacanang Photo/File

MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo deserved to be fired as co-chair of the anti-illegal drug body after her "non-performance" in the government's narcotics crackdown, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Robredo's threats to reveal her findings on the drug war is no longer surprising, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said, noting that "there is no greater fury than a woman scorned."

"Her tirades and threats following her unceremonious but deserved firing is unsurprising," Panelo said.

"There is a Spanish word that aptly describes her fall from grace: Merece (deserving)," he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday sacked Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) after she allegedly used the post for "grandstanding." It came less than 3 weeks since Robredo's appointment. 

After her exit from ICAD, Robredo said she remains steadfast in her work and does not let negativity get in her way.

"The challenge really is how to find your light in the midst of darkness, how to find solutions in an environment where the limitations given to you are just too much," she said.

"Kahit 'yung boss ko hinahadlangan 'yung lahat ng ginagawa, basta ako 'pag hinadlangan niya, maghahanap ako ng ibang paraan," she added.

(Whenever my boss gets in my way, I just find other ways.)

Taking a cue from Robredo's remarks, Panelo said the President already helped the vice president but she remained a roadblock to Duterte's efforts.

"She was given a lamp by President Duterte to illuminate her way, but she carelessly broke it and she is back to where she was, groping with a blind vision," Panelo said.

Robredo on Monday said she would give a report on what she discovered about the drug war and her recommendations. 

"Kung sa tingin nila, matatapos ito dito, hindi nila ako kilala. Nagsisimula pa lang ako," she said. 

(If they think it ends here, they don't know me. I've only just begun.)