MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo confirmed yesterday Tuesday, 20 November 2019, that she would not release sensitive information related to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.
The assurance of all sensitive information will not be disclosed, ”Robredo said of President Duterte’s threat that the vice president will be removed as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs when it exposes sensitive information to anyone or abroad.
“Classified matters cannot be shared. Once [she does] that, burn out, I would fire her. Because you jeopardized the security of the state, ”the President said.
Robredo was present yesterday at a Senate hearing on the Office of the Vice President’s P664.9-million budget proposal for 2020.
The OVP’s budget proposal was immediately passed to the plenary, which Robredo thanked.
Robredo first asked the PDEA and PNP to list high-value targets (HVTs) in the anti-drug campaign.
PDEA Director Gen. Aaron Aquino says that if they give it to VP Leni, they will lose control over who will have access to the list that could also result in the “burning” of their operations.
According to Aquino, the HVT list is considered classified information and not just given to others.
Despite this, Aquino said they were willing to give the narcolist to Robredo but at a closed-door meeting only only personnel with security clearance could attend.
In response, PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said they will follow the PDEA’s decision on the vice president’s request.
To date, the PDEA and PNP have not provided any HVTs to Robredo. (Chris Figueroa/IAMIGO/CNS)