Robredo won't be Duterte's 'scapegoat' on drug war: spox


Posted at Nov 01 2019 04:17 PM

MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo won't allow herself to be used as a "scapegoat" of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, her spokesman said Friday as Malacañang continued to prod her to accept the post of drug czar.

If the Duterte administration was serious with its offer to Robredo, it wouldn't have simply texted her about it, the vice president's spokesman Barry Gutierrez said.

"Handa naman laging tumulong si VP Leni. Mula noon hanggang ngayon. Kung humihingi na ng saklolo ang Pangulo sa usapin ng drug war,' daanin lang sana sa maayos na usapan — hindi sa text, hindi sa palabas sa media," he said.

(VP Leni is always ready to help. From then until now. If the President asks for help on the drug war, he should say it properly, not just through text or the media.)

But while Robredo is willing to help Duterte, she would not let herself be used as an excuse for the "shortcomings" of the drug war, Gutierrez said.

"This admin made the impossible promise to end crime and drugs in six months, and if they are now being called to account for their failure to deliver, they should not blame VP Leni for it," he said.

Duterte's offer to Robredo to lead the government's narcotics crackdown came after she criticized his war on drugs as "obviously, not working."

Robredo, who heads the opposition, had doubted the sincerity of Duterte’s offer, saying if the President's anti-drug campaign was a success, he would not have delegated it. 

Duterte's spokesman Salvador Panelo, however, insisted that the President really wanted Robredo to win the war on drugs, even offering her a Cabinet portfolio.