'Set up to fail'? Robredo ally asks on her removal from anti-drug body

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Posted at Nov 25 2019 11:15 AM | Updated as of Nov 25 2019 12:09 PM

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MANILA -- Vice President Leni Robredo was "set up to fail" as co-chairperson of the government's anti drug body, one of her allies said after she was fired just 2 weeks into the job.

It was also "juvenile" for Malacañang to remove Robredo based on her taunts and similar statements from her allies, said Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman.

"They we're looking for reasons to dispose her," Lagman told ANC's Early Edition. 

"I think the Vice President knew that she was being to set up to fail but she was trying her best to succeed in her new role as co-chair of ICAD," he said.

"Would the President allow Vice President Robredo to succeed in his centerpiece program of an anti-drugs war where he himself dismally failed?"

Robredo took up President Rodrigo Duterte on his dare for her to lead the drug war, which she had criticized for not its failure to employ a community and health-based approach.

"The only problem with her is she took this role too seriously when the President considered it as a knee-jerk reaction to her criticism on the bloody war against drug and also as a flippant joke," Lagman said.

Robredo was removed from her post in response to her "taunt and dare" for the President to just tell her that he wanted her out, according to Duterte's spokesman Salvador Panelo.

It was also in response to the suggestion of Liberal Party President, Sen. Francis Pangilinan, to just fire the Vice President from her post, Panelo added.

The administration's war on drugs may "relapse" now that the Vice President has been removed from her ICAD post, Lagman said.

"This government is going to relapse to its old policy of police policy of solving the drug problem, which has failed in so many countries like Thailand, US, mexico and Colombia," he said.