PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency chair Director General Aaron N. Aquino yesterday said he had accorded all the respect and courtesy due to Vice President Leni Robredo during her two-week stint as co-chairman of the Inter Agency Committee Against Illegal Drugs or ICAD.
Aquino said contrary to the statement of Mrs. Robredo that he was supportive in private and dismissive in front of media, he was the one who advised the Vice President to meet the four ICAD clusters one by one to better understand the committee.
“If you remember, I was even the one who asked the VP to join in one of our operations during the first ICAD meeting with VP last November 8 at her office in Quezon City for her to have a full understanding of what the law enforcers are doing,” the PDEA chief said.
Aquino added that while he felt awkward with the VP as his co-chairman, he had to respect her because she was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte and the second highest official of the land.
“In fact last December 10, 2019, during the ICAD fellowship, I asked all ICAD members to make the necessary actions on the recommendations of VP Robredo stipulated in her letter to President Duterte dated November 11, 2019 and report the same to the ICAD on January 2020,” Aquino said.
Aquino clarified that he did not beg Robredo to stay with ICAD, contrary to her claim aired during her radio program BISErbisyong Leny last Sunday where she was quoted as saying “Maam, huwag po ninyo kaming iiwan kasi maraming nangyayari nung nandyan ka na. kasi Usec lang ako.”
“Hindi ko po sinabi na huwag niyang kaming iwan. It was the Vice President who said that she will stay as long as the President wants her to retain her post as ICAD co-chairman. Maybe the VP only got mixed up by the turn of events,” Aquino said.