Robredo bides time, teases proposal on drug war

Vice President Leni Robredo said Tuesday she will announce her findings and recommendations on the Duterte administration’s war on drugs on Dec. 16.

She said she was just waiting for the Southeast Asian Games to end on Thursday before making her announcement.

But she said she could not make it on that day since she would be in Basilan and Marawi the rest of the week.

“Most probably Monday,” Robredo said.

She made her statement even as Immigration officers intercepted a wanted member of a big-time Chinese drug syndicate at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport who tried to flee the country.

The authorities arrested Hong Liangyi who was stopped at the NAIA Terminal 3 departure area before he could board a flight to Istanbul en route to Tehran, his final destination.

BI-Port Operations Division chief Grifton Medina said Hong was barred from leaving after immigration officers found that he was in the bureau’s hold- departure list and the subject of arrest warrants against him in Cavite and Batangas. 

Robredo assured the government there was nothing to be afraid of in her report.

“Nobody must get scared. It is funny that there is such an anticipation that I am threatening someone. As far as I am concerned, it is just a recommendation to show that I have not wasted my 18 days [as co-chairperson of the Inter-agency Committee on Against Illegal Drugs],” Robredo said.

“This is not a threat because a threat is just meant to those who have erred. We are looking for a solution and not for a problem.”

Robredo earned the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte, who appointed her as co-chairman of ICAD but later axed her for meeting with officials of the United Nations, United States and other foreign representatives.

“The report will contain the lapses that I saw and those things that need to be improved and corrected so we can have a better campaign against illegal drugs,” Robredo said. With Vito Barcelo

Topics: Vice President Leni Robredo , drug war , illegal drugs , Hong Liangyi , Chinese drug syndicate
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