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Robredo pokes fun at brief ICAD stint: 'From drug czar to drug char'

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo describes her 18-day stint as co-chief of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs

20 QUESTIONS IN 3 MINUTES. Vice President Leni Robredo posts a quick Q&A video on her social media accounts on December 27, 2019. Screenshot from Robredo's Facebook page

[OPINYON] ‘Mano po, Ninong!’

Nov 27, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Iyong sa SEA Games, simula pa lang nang ilabas ang bilog-bilog na logo at sago-sagong mascot, alam ko nang magkakaganito. Icing on the cake na lang ang kaldero sa New Clark.

'Nanghihinayang': Lacson says Robredo was on right track as drug czar

Nov 25, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Senator and former national police chief Panfilo Lacson laments Vice President Leni Robredo's removal as ICAD co-chair, but says President Rodrigo Duterte does not need to justify his decision

A PITY. Senator Panfilo Lacson says it's a pity that President Rodrigo Duterte fired Vice President Leni Robredo as anti-drug co-chair because she was 'on the right track.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo’s sacking as anti-drugs czar won’t silence her: 'I'm just getting started'

Nov 25, 2019 - 2:19 PM

'Ano bang kinatatakutan ninyo? Ano ba ang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?' Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Duterte administration

FIRED BUT UNFAZED. Vice President Leni Robredo says she's determined to continue doing what she can to help stop the killings in the drug war. File photo by OVP

PNP: We saw nothing wrong during Robredo's weeks in ICAD

Nov 25, 2019 - 12:07 PM

'Wala naman tayong nakita na, o wala naman tayong natanggap na mga ulat,' says Philippine National Police spokesman Brigadier General Bernard Banac

PALACE DECISION. The PNP says it saw nothing wrong with Vice President Leni Robredo's stint as ICAD co-chair. OVP Photo

Stripped of authority, Robredo doomed to fail as anti-drug czar – Lacson

Nov 21, 2019 - 3:14 PM

‘What’s wrong with the Vice President having access to information?’ asks the senator and former police chief, who says Robredo is actually on the right track in handling the anti-drug campaign

ALL OR NOTHING. Senator Panfilo Lacson says Vice President Leni Robredo should either be given full powers as anti-drug co-chair, or just opt out of it. Photo taken on November 21, 2019, by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte: No Cabinet post for Robredo because 'I don't trust her'

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:22 AM

'Ang problema kasi dito, ganito: I cannot trust her not only because...she is with the opposition; I do not trust her because I do not know her,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NO TRUST IN ROBREDO. President Rodrigo Duterte says he does not trust Vice President Leni Robredo, whom he refuses to give a Cabinet post. File photo by Malacañang

No Cabinet post? No problem for Robredo: ‘I’ll just do what I can’

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:23 PM

'Basta sa akin, whatever I can do now, I will do. Kapag harangan nila, hindi ko na iyon problema,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

'NOT A PROBLEM.' Vice President Leni Robredo is unfazed by the limitations being set upon her as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Año: Robredo can refine plans, but anti-drug operations remains with PNP

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's link to the public can help measure the effectiveness of anti-drug operations, says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

FEEDBACK MECHANISM. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that Vice President Leni Robredo may relay the comments and suggestions from the public regarding anti-drug operations. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Duterte to fire Robredo if she helps probes vs drug war

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:16 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte prohibits Vice President and now Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Leni Robredo from aiding foreign investigations against his so-called war on drugs

UNDER THREAT. Vice President Leni Robredo is given an ultimatum by President Rodrigo Duterte. OVP Photo

Robredo to send Duterte weekly recommendations to reform drug war

Nov 15, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she is aware that her job as anti-drugs body co-chair is limited to policy-making: 'At the end of the day, it's the President who calls the shots.'

ICAD CO-CHAIR. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the Naga City Dangerous Drugs Board and the members of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council on November 15, 2019. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Robredo open to talks with China vs drug smuggling in PH

Nov 14, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says it's also important to look into Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) reportedly being used as fronts for money laundering

PROBE THE SOURCE. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the law enforcement cluster of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs on November 14, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Robredo wants 'clear' baseline data on drug problem by end-2019

Nov 14, 2019 - 2:53 PM

While Vice President Leni Robredo acknowledges the challenges on the ground, she says collecting the data is needed to determine whether the anti-drug campaign is effective

BASELINE DATA NEEDED. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the  law enforcement cluster of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs on November 14, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

5 fatal obstacles in Robredo’s target of a deathless drug war

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:30 AM

It's one thing to criticize the drug war, it's another to implement it. What more to change it?

WOMAN IN THE ROOM. Vice President Leni Robredo accepts a vague position in a definite battle against illegal drugs. OVP Photo

Robredo: 'Mother's instinct' made me accept anti-drugs post

Nov 12, 2019 - 9:44 PM

'Perhaps, it was my instinct as a mother that I accepted this responsibility and that I needed to do this sacrifice for the greater good,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

MOTHER, LEADER. Vice President Leni Robredo says motherhood gave her the strength to accept the offer to be co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Robredo, U.N. office tackle 'best practices' on health-based approach vs drugs

Nov 11, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's chief of staff Philip Dy says community-based drug rehabilitation programs would best help 'slight or occasional' drug users who surrender to authorities

DRUG WAR WITH NO DEATHS. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with members of the Community Based Rehab Alliance just after meeting with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on November 11, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Robredo can scrap Oplan Tokhang – Panelo

Nov 11, 2019 - 4:45 PM

'It is a yes, if she wants it,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, when asked if the Vice President will have the power to stop the controversial Tokhang operations

Alleged drug addicts and pushers file through to undergo drug tests following their surrender to authorities at Camp Karingal police station in Manila on June 22, 2016. - Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines expressed alarm June 20 at a sharp rise in police killings of suspected criminals since the election of a firebrand president who has vowed a bloody war on crime. Their condemnation flies in the face of Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's call to police and even civilians to kill drug criminals. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP)

[EDITORIAL] Ang patibong para kay Leni

Nov 11, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Her high-stakes gambit puts her in the lion's den with little experience, knowledge, and cunning to help her

The gamble of Leni Robredo

Nov 10, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo is thrust into a world run by men as she helms the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. She would risk everything just to save a life.

Vice President Leni Robredo addressed the media on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, to announce that she is accepting the designation to lead the anti-illegal drug campaign. (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP)

Lacson's advice to Robredo: 'Watch your back' as drug czar

Nov 09, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says he gave Vice President Leni Robredo some names she could tap to be among her advisers for the war on drugs

ANTI-DRUG CZAR. Vice President Leni Robredo is the new co-chair of the inter-agency committee on drugs. Photo by OVP

PDEA chief Aquino challenges Robredo to join an anti-drug operation

Nov 08, 2019 - 11:51 PM

The Vice President has accepted the President's dare to go in and fix what she thinks is wrong with the drug war. Now, the anti-drug chief wants her to check out the frontlines and say exactly what needs fixing.

CO-CHAIRS. Vice President Leni Robredo and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino lead the meeting of the government's Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), held at the Quezon City Executive House on Friday, November 8, 2019. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Robredo opens ICAD meet: The enemy is drugs, not people

Nov 08, 2019 - 5:13 PM

With the operators of the war on drugs seated around her, the Vice President wonders aloud whether it is time for an anti-drug program in which 'no one dies senselessly'

LISTENING EXERCISE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads her first meeting as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs on November 8, 2019. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Robredo won't let drug war duties stop visits to far-flung areas

Nov 07, 2019 - 8:35 PM

'Iyong mga provincial visits kagaya nito, hindi ko iyon babawasan, kasi commitment ko iyon since 2016. Maraming mga communities na umaasa sa amin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

'LAYLAYAN.' Vice President Leni Robredo uses a walking stick to pass through a muddy trail on the way to Sitio Macantog in Barangay Tandang Kutyo in Tanay, Rizal. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

The Philippines, a killing field

Nov 07, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Duterte’s kill mentality has emboldened every angry person with a gun

How to shut down a mature adult who's behaving badly? 'Ok boomer'

Nov 07, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Gen YZ's new put-down for the out of touch and close-minded adult over 50

Robredo wants faith, human rights groups in anti-drug panel

Nov 07, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo is set to meet with members of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs for the first time on Friday, November 8

DRUG WAR. Relatives light candles for victims of extrajudicial killings in a prayer service on October 24, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Robredo: 2022 elections not a factor in accepting anti-drugs post

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:13 PM

The Vice President says even her flagship anti-poverty program Angat Buhay will suffer if she already thinks about the next elections

ON THE JOB. Vice President Leni Robredo visits a far-flung barrio in Tanay, Rizal, for her anti-poverty program on November 7, 2019, a day after she was  named co-chair of the anti-drugs body. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DILG: Robredo is an asset to the anti-illegal drug campaign

Nov 06, 2019 - 7:53 PM

The agency identifies the aspects of ICAD's work where the Vice President could put to use her years of experience working with grassroots organizations

AN ASSET. Department of the Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that Vice President Robredo has the competency to lead the demand reduction side of the anti-illegal drug campaign. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

[OPINION] Nothing but a honeytrap: Leni Robredo's appointment as anti-drug co-chair

Nov 06, 2019 - 6:23 PM

'Since Leni has decided to take on the challenge, the main source of her failure would certainly be the lack of time and all the sabotaging by people around her'

Robredo's acceptance of anti-drug czar post a 'very good move' – Sotto

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:44 PM

'Kung maiwasan ang killings, iwasan. Pero how do you win? War nga ito,' says Senator Ronald dela Rosa, the architect of the Duterte administration's drug war

ANTI-DRUG CZAR. Vice President Leni Robredo accepts President Rodrigo Duterte's offer to head the anti-drug campaign of the administration. OVP photo

Robredo to get access to drug war documents, intel – Panelo

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Yet there's little Malacañang can say about how much power Vice President Leni Robredo will really have, saying she still needs to clear things up with President Rodrigo Duterte

Vice President Leni Robredo attended a Mass held at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman, Quezon City, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The Mass, held for fair and peaceful elections, was attended by some of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates and their supporters. (Photo by OVP)

Robredo to Duterte: You’re wrong to think I'll stop criticizing drug war now

Nov 06, 2019 - 2:57 PM

'Tinatanong nila kung handa ba ako para sa trabahong ito. Ang tanong ko: handa na ba kayo para sa akin?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

'ARE YOU READY FOR ME?' Vice President Leni Robredo says she will remain critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Robredo accepts Duterte offer to be anti-drug body co-chair

Nov 06, 2019 - 1:32 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dahil kung mayroon akong maililigtas na kahit isang inosenteng buhay, ang sinasabi ng prinsipyo at puso ko ay kailangan ko itong subukan,' Vice President Leni Robredo says

LENI ROBREDO. Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo accepts a anti-drug post and the challenge offered by President Duterte to help the government in its drug war campaign on November 6, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Robredo spokesman scoffs at 'empty, powerless' anti-drug post

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:25 PM

(UPDATED) Pressed further if Vice President Leni Robredo is rejecting the post, spokesperson Barry Gutierrez says they are 'not yet responding' to President Rodrigo Duterte's offer

NOT CATEGORICAL ANSWER YET. Vice President Leni Robredo herself would say whether or not she's accepting the President's offer for her to head the inter-agency anti-drugs body. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

After PDEA chief's remark, Robredo doubts drug czar offer even more

Nov 04, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'Paano magiging maayos ang trabaho mo, kung ngayon pa lang, 'yung taong makakasama mo sa trabaho ay ayaw kang magtagumpay?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo's spokesperson Barry Gutierrez

DRUG CZAR? Vice President Leni Robredo's spokesperson responds to the criticism of PDEA chief Aaron Aqiuno. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Duterte, tantanan mo na ang mind games

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:16 AM

If you were Robredo, you would know your boss is messing with your head and setting you up to fail