Friday, September 18, 2020

Solons Welcome Robredo’s Acceptance Of Anti-Drug Czar Post

Solons Welcome Robredo’s Acceptance Of Anti-Drug Czar Post

Spotlight

Alibaba Cloud Launches New Digital Ecosystem Strategy In The Philippines

This will help local businesses adapt further to the new normal!

EDC Donates PCR Machines To Enhance Negros Oriental’s COVID-19 Resiliency

Energy Development Corporation donates equipment worth P8.5-million to Negros Oriental.

CeMAP, PISI Express Full Support For Bayanihan To Recover As One Act

The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines and Philippine Iron and Steel Institute announce full support to the recently signed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

Globe Gives Back To Loyal Customers With 0917 National G Day Festivities

With lots of games and surprises for loyal Globe users, catch the National G Day starting September 17!

Some lawmakers at the House of Representatives welcomed Vice President Leni Robredo’s decision to accept President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer, designating her as the co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

Ako Bicol Party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin expressed optimism that Robredo’s appointment would bear a more holistic approach in government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

“Ako Bicol Party-list is pleased to know that that Vice President Leni Robredo accepted President Duterte’s appointment to be the country’s anti-illegal drugs czar by being the co-chair of the Interagency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs,” Garbin said.

“We expect nothing but best efforts from the Vice President, setting aside political differences, for the good of the country,” he added.

Garbin also hoped Robredo would be given the full trust and support of the administration, especially the law enforcement agencies, in the policies and reforms which she would be championing.

“As always, Ako Bicol Party-list is ready to assist in the fight against illegal drugs whichever way it can, once called upon to do so. In this light, we ask the public to give the Vice President its support and trust so that we can all be together in fighting against a common menace, in fighting against the proliferation of illegal drugs,” Garbin said.

Agusan del Norte Rep. Lawrence Fortun said Robredo’s acceptance of Duterte’s offer would be an opportunity for the two foremost officials of the country to again work together on a very critical campaign of the present administration.

“While initially, there were adverse exchanges from Malacañang and the Office of the Vice President on this matter, the Vice President’s acceptance as co-chair of the IAC-AID should be a welcome development for the country,” Fortun said.

“The President and the Vice President have been working apart from each other and have, as we have all observed, dealing with each other at arms-length,” he added.

Fortun said the Congress would continue to exercise oversight powers to ensure that the war on drugs is “effective, comprehensive, and respectful of the Constitution.”

“The crackdown on illegal drugs should continue unrelentingly, but always with due observance of the rule of law and due process,” Fortun added.

ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Niña Taduran, meanwhile, expressed hope that Robredo’s new role would give the government’s anti-drug campaign its “second wind.”

“In solving complex problems like illegal drugs, sometimes what is needed is a fresh perspective, and this is exactly what the Vice President is bringing to the table”, Taduran said.

“Napansin ko na puro mga magagaling at may kasanayang opisyal ang nagpapatakbo ng kampanya kontra droga, at puro din sila lalaki, pero andyan pa rin ang problema (I noticed that the officials leading the anti-drug campaign are great and adept, and most of them are men. But the problem still persists),” Taduran added.

Taduran said maybe the Vice President can offer some fresh insights on how to solve the problem, particularly from a woman’s point of view.

“Naturally, being a fellow female public servant, I am praying for the success of the Vice President,” she said.

In a memorandum dated October 31 and released on Tuesday, the Chief Executive designated Robredo as co-chairperson of the anti-drug body which is headed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The designation was made following demands by critics and detractors that enforcement power should be given to Robredo “through an official correspondence, and not just through a verbal or electronic communication”.

In accepting the role, Robredo said she wanted drug lords pursued and cops involved in narco-trafficking jailed.

“Tinatanong nila ako kung handa ba ako sa trabahong ito, ang tanong ko: Handa ba kayo para sa akin. Mr. President, dalawa’t kalahating taon nalang ang naiiwan sa iyong administrasyon, hindi pa naman huli ang lahat puwede pa nating pagtulungan ito (They are asking me if I am ready. My question to them is: Are you ready for me? Mr. President, there are two and a half years left in your administration, it’s not too late, we can work on this together),” she said. (PNA)

facebook.com/VPLeniRobredoPH

Latest News

Epson Launches New High-Speed Inkjet Copiers For Busy Work Environments

Check out the newest sustainable devices of Epson!

Sec. Tugade Suspends 0.75-Meter Physical Distancing

Tugade suspends the implementation of the reduced 0.75-meter physical distancing among passengers while waiting for the decision of PRRD on the matter.

TransUnion Tackles Online Credit Application Dropouts And Rising Fraud

The new Seamless Onboarding service will help financial services industry offer digital access to products for consumers during pandemic and beyond.

Palace On PH Internet Connectivity: ‘We Will Do Better’

Do you think that the internet connection in the Philippines will ever improve?

San Juan Puts Up Bike, Motorcycle Dedicated Lanes

San Juan City dedicates motorcycle and bicycle lanes along Ortigas Avenue. Have you seen it yet?

XTREME Appliances Reveals Exciting Plans For Filipino Consumers

XTREME Appliances announces its upcoming plans and efforts dedicated to the Filipino customers.

Manila Hospitals Get High-Flow Oxygen Devices

The high-flow oxygen therapy will benefit the Ospital ng Sampaloc patients with severe COVID-19 infection and who may have acute respiratory failure.

PH COVID-19 Cases Rise By 3,375; Recoveries Now 208K

DOH reports 3,375 new infections of COVID-19, raising the country’s overall tally to 276,289 with only 63,408 active cases on Thursday.

E. Visayas Records Drop In New COVID-19 Cases

DOH confirms a decrease of new COVID-19 cases in Eastern Visayas this week.