Magugunita na matapos sibakin ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte si Vice President Leni Robredo bilang co-chairperson ng Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) ay nagbanta si RObredo na ilalabas ang kanyang natuklasan sa kampanya kontra-droga sa Disyembre 16, 2019 (kahapon).
Pero kahapon sa kanyang press conference, ibinunyag ni Robredo na hindi niya muna ilalabas ang ulat dahil may nangyaring paglindol sa Mindanao.
Ang ginawa na ito ni Robredo ay hindi pinalampas ni Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. Ayon sa tagapagsalita ni Pangulong Duterte, gusto lang daw magpapansin ni Robredo.
” Her decision to call a press briefing to announce that there is no press briefing, while flashing her 40-page report, reveals that she only wants the spotlight. She has deferred her report a number of times, looking for a perfect timing and hoping that people would pay attention to her as she struggles to be relevant, while the government is silently doing its job in addressing the issues our nation faces, such as providing assistance to those who were affected by the recent earthquake,” resbak ni Panelo.
Hindi rin napigilan ni Secretary Panelo na banatan si Robredo tungkol sa pagiging wala nito noong tumama ang bagyo sa bayan nito sa Naga noong 2016.
“The resort to the sympathy card is misplaced. VP Leni was elsewhere when a typhoon ravaged her hometown of Naga on Christmas day in 2016 but we didn’t accuse her of not sympathising with her kababayans because it is non sequitur… It was VP Leni who announced to the media that she would release her “discoveries” which she now described as a recommendation/report, as then Co-Chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, immediately after the conclusion of the 30th South East Asian Games. People, including those in the government, were therefore expecting to hear something significant from her, if any, in her press briefing which was scheduled on December 16,” buwelta pa ni Panelo.