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VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Panelo backtracks on stance about Robredo meeting with US, UN officials

From calling it “the right step,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo now calls Vice President Leni Robredo’s meeting with officials from the United States (US) and United Nations (UN) as “missteps” that led to her ouster as co-chair of the government’s anti-illegal drug efforts. (See VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Panelo negates Duterte, now says Robredo had ‘access to everything’ in ICAD)

Within a week after she accepted her appointment as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), Robredo met with representatives of the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, and members of the US government’s anti-illegal drugs law enforcement agencies.

President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Robredo as ICAD co-chair after the latter publicly said the government’s drug war was “obviously not working.” (See VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Robredo contradicts LP spox; accepts offer to lead efforts vs. illegal drugs)

Watch how the spokesman flip-flopped.

VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Panelo backtracks on stance about Robredo meeting with US, UN officials from VERA Files on Vimeo.


Sources

Presidential Communications Operations Office, Media Interview with Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Secretary Salvador Panelo at the Haeundae Sunset Business Hotel in Busan, South Korea, Nov. 25, 2019

CNN Philippines, The Source: Sal Panelo, Nov. 14, 2019

ABS-CBN News, UN body, Robredo meet over new VP-led anti-drug campaign, Nov. 11, 2019

Rappler.com, Robredo, U.N. tackle ‘best practices’ on health-based approach vs drugs, Nov. 11, 2019

GMA News Online, Leni Robredo meets with representatives from UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Nov. 11, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo official Facebook page, Vice President Leni Robredo meets with members of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, Nov. 8, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo official Facebook page, Vice President Leni Robredo holds media briefing, Nov. 14, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo official Facebook page, LOOK: Nakipagpulong kaninang umaga si VP Leni Robredo sa mga kasapi ng US Embassy, Nov. 13, 2019

Robredo’s visits to local stakeholders


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