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Davao authorities vow to support VP Robredo

November 07, 2019 - Thursday 6:11 PM by Ruth Palo

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DAVAO CITY — Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 11 director Antonio Rivera on Wednesday expressed his full support for Vice President Leni Robredo’s appointment as co-chairman of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Druga (ICAD). 

In a message sent to the Mirror, Rivera said that as co-chair, Robredo  has the responsibility to infuse new ideas, and likewise give operational direction to all cluster heads if she is deemed fit to ensure the current administration’s continued success.

“Be it noted that ICAD has four component clusters: enforcement, justice, advocacy, and rehabilitation,” he said.

“I hope that she could consolidate all the clusters’ effort to improve more on our accomplishments,” Rivera added.

Meanwhile, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief Colonel Kirby Kraft said they will follow the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We will wait for the orders if there are changes in the anti- drug campaign. But right now we will continue our fight against illegal drugs,” Kraft said.

Major Jason Baria, spokesman of Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 said they will abide  whatever instructions from Robredo as ordered to them by the President. 

“If there are instructions coming from the Vice-President to ensure the success of the anti-drug war, we still follow them,” Baria said.

On the other hand, Ronaldo Rivera, operations head of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC), told the Mirror that Robredo must present an analysis of available data and proposed policies pursuant to the Philippine Development Plan of 2017-2022 which pushes the acceleration of human capital development on drug abuse management.

President Duterte, in a memorandum dated October 31, said unless revoked, Robredo’s role as co-chair of ICAD will last until June 30, 2022, which is also the end of his presidential term. 

Robredo accepted her designation as ICAD co-chair on Wednesday.

Robredo’s appointment came after the Vice-President commented that it is time to stop the “failed” illegal drugs campaign.

ICAD was formed inn March of 2017, through Executive Order 15, tasked to ensure the effectiveness and success of the anti-drug war.