UN drug war probe ‘somewhat outside’ Robredo power: spokesman

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An inquiry by the United Nations into the anti-narcotics campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte “falls well outside” the current position of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of an inter-agency drug committee, said Friday her spokeswoman.

Duterte is angry at the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution in July to investigate the deaths of his drug war and the administration refused assistance from countries that sponsored the study.

Robredo agrees that the best way to deal with criticism, whether external or internal, is to ensure the government is fully transparent in what it does, she said. Gutierrez’s Barry.

Furthermore, when it comes to foreign affairs, the vice president is not the only player, under which the UN investigation falls, he said.

This is an environment that falls somewhat outside the mandate of the ICAD and will, therefore, have to deal with other agencies, particularly the DFA, the president as the key foreign policy architect, Gutierrez told ANC.

But she will definitely take a strong position to make a recommendation on the level of transparency that we should take, he added.

Robredo, a drug war critic, welcomed Duterte’s appointment as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) this week, defying advice from some allies who said the post was a trap for her failure.

The camp of the Vice President is “holding on to the language of Malacañang’s designation and comments … that she will be granted unconditional authority, that all agencies have been ordered to give her full assistance and cooperation,” her spokeswoman said.

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