Robredo to make public her findings and recommendations from time in anti-drug post

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) — Vice President Leni Robredo said Monday she will release to the public a report on her findings from her time as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) in the coming days.

Sa mga susunod na araw, magbibigay ako ng ulat sa bayan. Sasabihin ko ang aking natuklasan at ang aking mga rekomendasyon,” Robredo told reporters in a brief press conference a day after she was fired by President Rodrigo Duterte less than three weeks since her appointment.

[Translation: In the coming days, I will give a report to the nation. I will say what I have discovered and what my recommendations were.]

She added, “Kung sa tingin nila matatapos ito dito, hindi nila ako kilala. Nagsisimula pa lamang ako.

[Translation: If they think that it will end here, they don’t know who I am. I’ve only just begun.]

In response, Malacañang said Robredo can do whatever she likes.

"Anything that she claims she has discovered was accessed to her. She was precisely appointed, apart from giving her the opportunity to assist in the campaign against illegal drugs, to let her know that everything in the drug war was and is transparent," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Robredo has said that she gave Malacañang weekly reports on her findings and recommendations on the government’s war on drugs. However, she said that the Palace never responded to these.

She previously met resistance from the Duterte administration and fellow ICAD members over her request for a list of high-value drug targets. They insisted that this should only be provided on a “need to know” basis.

Robredo said in Tagalog during her press briefing that she did everything she could even if the job was “almost impossible” and that she was eventually “ganged up on so [she] fails.”

Kung pareho naman ang ating layunin, bakit hindi na lang tayo magtulungan? Hindi ba talaga sila seryoso sa laban? O may interes ba tayong nabangga?” she said. “Ano ba ang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko? Ano ba ang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ng taumbayan?

[Translation: If we have the same goal, why don’t we just help each other? Aren’t they serious in this battle? Or have we ran over personal interests? … What are you afraid of me finding out? What are you afraid of the nation finding out?]

‘I did not waste time’

Duterte fired Robredo Sunday, Panelo said, due to taunts from her and Liberal Party President Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan for him to sack her from the post.

Panelo added that Duterte also dismissed Robredo because she spoke with foreigners and was asking for the scope of her powers, when she could have just reviewed the executive order creating the ICAD.

Executive Order No. 15, which created the ICAD, does not provide for a co-chair post. It only says that the ICAD chairperson “shall have the overall responsibility to ensure that the objectives of the ICAD and the clusters herein created are accomplished.”

Her firing came just hours after Duterte said sorry for believing in “false news” that Robredo invited foreign human rights advocate Phelim Kine to the country. Kine had tweeted that he is ready to give advice to Robredo, with his first recommendation being the arrest of Duterte.

Duterte also reiterated that he cannot trust her because she is part of the opposition, but she can continue her work as ICAD co-chair.

In her two weeks as ICAD co-chair, Robredo has met with United Nations and US officials, several national and local government bodies, and members of the private sector and religious groups to consult them on how to move forward with the campaign against drugs.

Hindi ako nagsayang ng oras: Nakipagpulong agad ako sa ICAD at iba’t ibang mga ahensiya. Kinonsulta natin ang iba’t ibang mga sektor. Pumunta tayo sa mga komunidad. Nakipagpulong tayo sa mga LGU (local government units). Binisita natin ang mga rehab centers,” she said.

[Translation: I did not waste time: I met with the ICAD and various agencies. I consulted with different sectors. I went to communities. I met with LGUs. I visited rehabilitation centers.]

CNN Philippines' Lara Tan and Ina Andolong contributed to this report.