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Robredo ‘being set up to fail’ with Duterte offer —Lagman

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Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Tuesday said Vice President Leni Robredo was being set up to fail with President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer that she be the co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

Lagman, a member of Robredo-chaired Liberal Party, said the position is vastly different from Anti-Drug Czar, which was previously offered by the President to the Vice President in reaction to her criticisms against the drug war.

“The diluted position validates the fear that the Vice President is being set up to fail,” the lawmaker said.

“No less than Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Aaron Aquino, the Chair of ICAD, ominously predicted that Robredo would fail,” Lagman said.

“The Vice President is being thrown into a composite of an inter-agency committee with no less than 20 agencies as members pursuant to Executive Order No. 15 which created the ICAD on March 6, 2017,” he said.

“As Co-Chair of ICAD, the Vice President, before she could act, will have to contend with the Chair and the multiple membership of ICAD,” Lagman said.

Duterte signed Robredo’s appointment paper on October 31.

He earlier asked Robredo to be his drug czar and give her full powers to run the government’s war on drugs for six months, but later changed the offer of a temporary post to be full-time Cabinet position.