- After making comments about the supposed failure of the Duterte administration in its drug war, Vice President Leni Robredo received another tirade from the President for her remarks.
- President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that he would surrender his powers to Robredo and make her finish the anti-drug campaign in six months—as what he initially promised to the people before taking office in 2016.
- The President said that Robredo also talks “nonsense” and lacks knowledge of the law.
MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he would let Vice President Leni Robredo enforce the law in the country for six months so that the latter could try it.
Duterte said he would send a letter to Robredo through Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to inform her of his decision.
“I will surrender my powers to enforce the law to the vice president. Ibigay ko sa kanya mga 6 months,” he said in a speech at the Malacañang Palace.
(I’ll give it her for around 6 months.)
“Siya ang magdala. Tingnan natin kung anong mangyari. Mas bright ka? Ikaw subukan mo,” he added.
(Let’s see if she can do it. She thinks she’s brighter? She should try it.)
Duterte added that Robredo talks “nonsense” as he alleged that the vice president lacks knowledge of the law.
Robredo, head of the opposition, recently called on President Duterte to allow the United Nations to investigate his war on drugs which she said was “obviously, not working.”
Over the weekend, Robredo clarified that she meant to urge administration leaders to “step back and assess” the narcotics crackdown.
She also acknowledged that it was Duterte who said in his past speeches that from 1.8 million, the number of drug addicts only grew to 4 million in 2017, but noted that the President recently admitted that the number has only risen to “7 to 8 million.
Philippine National Police showed that there have been at least 5,000 deaths related to the government’s drug war as of January 2019.
Various rights groups, however, have maintained that the death toll has reached more than 27,000 since Duterte was hailed the President in 2016. —ABS-CBN News
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