Duterte offers Robredo power to enforce law for six months

During the appointment of newly-appointed government officials in Malacañang, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would give to Vice President Leni Robredo his power to enforce the law for six months.
President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo / Photo from Rappler

“The opposition, they always hanker on to sasakyan nilang… Kagaya ni Robredo. Sige lang siya human rights-human rights. As a matter of fact, I am sending a letter to her through Secretary Mediadea,” Duterte said.

“I will surrender my powers to enforce the law, ibigay ko sa Vice President. Ibigay ko sa kanya mga six months. Siya ang magdala. Tignan natin kung ano ang mangyari. Hindi ako makialam. Sige gusto mo? Mas bright ka? Sige. Ikaw. Subukan mo. Madali kasi mag… I’ve been 21 mayors, hindi mo na ako maloko ng ganoon,” he added.

“I said if she wants, I can commission her to be the drug czar,” he said.

“Ngayon mas marunong ka man sa akin I’ll hand in to you full powers sa drugs. I’ll give you six months. Tignan natin kung kaya mo,” he added.

The President said he is ready to concede to Robredo powers to handle the government’s anti-drug war.

“Sinabi ko sa kanya I’m ready to give you to concede to you powers that would cover all drug – anti-drug activities by the government. Sabihin niya at I’ll give her a clean slate para malaman niya kung gaano kadali magkontrol ng droga.”

"Gusto ko lang malaman kung kaya niya. Marami kasing sinasalita," he added. 

"Do it here. Six months."

Duterte said he could make the offer to Robredo immediately.

“Anytime. Gusto niya ngayon, tawagan mo siya. I can talk to her tonight and I will order tomorrow everybody should follow her in the matter of a drug issue. Siya na,” he said.

The president’s remarks came after Robredo said that government should abandon the campaign against illegal drugs that has been a failure and gave a dent on the country's international image.

"We ask ourselves, 'why is this still happening?'. The president has already made very serious threats to drug syndicates, to drug lords ... and yet it's still very prevalent, so obviously, it's not working," Robredo told Reuters.

"We have seen a lot of police that have abused their powers and not been penalized. So this is where the International Criminal Court (ICC) could come in if we do not show the world that we can take care of our own mess."

But Duterte said he won’t stop Robredo from making comments against his anti-narcotics campaign.

“No, because this a democracy. Nobody but nobody can order anybody to shut up,” he said.

“Gusto ko lang malaman kung kaya niya. Marami kasing sinasalita, i-redirect o anong pinagsasabi niya sa labas. Do it here. Six months,” he added.

Source: Inquirer
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