Duterte Appoints PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino Co-Drug Czar

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Sick and tired of Leni Robredo’s illusion that she is the most powerful official in the country’s war on drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte put a damper on the Vice President’s Drug Czar fantasy.

Since being appointed Co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD), Robredo has been acting — and talking — like she is the boss, lording it over the many agencies that are part of the committee, including the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

In an unprecedented move, Duterte just appointed PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino as “Co-Drug Czar.” Aquino is the other Co-chair of ICAD.

”I don’t know what Ma’am Robredo doesn’t understand about the term, ‘Co-chair,’ “ Duterte said.  “It means she is not THE Drug Czar. She’s not the one and only boss,” the President told The Adobo Chronicles

So it looks like from now on, Aquino will be the Drug Czar and Robredo the Drug Czarina.

All’s well that ends well.

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