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Lacson: VP’s anti-drug czar position now ‘untenable’

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By Mario Casayuran 

The position of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairman of the Inter-Agency Committee on Illegal Drugs (ICAD) has become untenable, said Senator Panfilo M. Lacson on Wednesday.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson (Senate of the Philippines)

Sen. Panfilo Lacson
(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Obviously, the President wants her out without firing her, meaning he is leaving up to her to take the initiative and tender her resignation,” he said.

In a press briefing at Malacañang last Tuesday night, President Rodrigo Duterte called Robredo a “scatterbrain” with “kneejerk” impulses.

While he said he does not trust Robredo, Duterte is not firing her.

“I’m sure the Vice President is now processing how to deal with the situation and should make her decision sooner than later. I think her position has become untenable,” Lacson said.

Lacson, co-chairman of the Senate justice committee and former chairman of the Senate public order and dangerous drugs committee, stressed that responsibility without commensurate authority is a guaranteed formula for failure.

“If the chief executive who is also the CIC (Commander-in-Chief) of all armed forces in the country has openly declared that he doesn’t trust her, what does she expect from all 20 member-agencies under the ICAD?” he asked.

After being appointed as ICAD co-chairman, Robredo met with Lacson who advised her on the dos and don’ts of tackling the ICAD that tries to grapple with the intractable illegal drugs problem where gambling lords rake in billions of pesos in sales annually.

The illegal drugs trade has corrupted government officials, particularly law enforcement officials, and personnel; destroyed the future of victims, and claimed the lives of thousands of Filipinos.

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