MANILA -- Senator Bong Go on Tuesday challenged Vice President Leni Robredo to accept President Rodrigo Duterte's appointment of her as co-chairperson of the government's anti-narcotics drive.
With the administration "right behind her," Go said he would wish Robredo success should she take on the job.
"Subukan mo lang, hinahamon kita. I challenge you to accept it... At least malalaman mo po ang trabaho ng isang pangulo," said Go, Duterte's former special assistant.
(I challenge you to try it. I challenge you to accept it... At least you will have an idea of how the president works.)
"Imbis na batikusin niya ang Pangulo, mas maganda na may maiambag ka (Robredo) at makatulong ka po," he said.
(Instead of criticizing the President, it would be better if she will just help.)
Robredo has yet to respond to the appointment, which was made public on Tuesday. Earlier, she said should not allow herself to be a "scapegoat" for the pace of Duterte's war on drugs.
The vice president resigned from the cabinet in late 2016, citing policy differences with the president.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III said the Vice President's appointment should not be "politicized" and should instead be seen as an opportunity for her to participate in governance.
"She doesn't have to support the President," he said. "I think what the Vice President should do is to help the country fight the problem of illegal drugs."
"Imbis na mamintas ka, tumulong ka. I think that is the message of the President," Sotto said.
(Instead of criticizing, you should help.)
"If she holds the bull by the horns, then she will be successful," he said.