Duterte replaces VP Robredo with Jimenez at anti-drug body

February 28, 2020

THE head of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is taking over from Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), ABS-CBN reported yesterday.

A list of new presidential appointees released yesterday included PACC Jimenez who was appointed to the ICAD on February 21.

Robredo held the post for over 3 months after President Duterte, irked by her criticisms of his drug war, challenged her to show she could do better in fighting the drug menace.

However, within only two weeks Duterte slammed her for her merely “grandstanding” and failing to do her job.

Jimenez founded and led the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption before he took over as PACC chairman.

Created by President Duterte in March 2017 the ICAD was tasked to conduct anti-illegal drug operations and to arrest “high-value targets” in the drug trade.

Along with Jimenez, the President also appointed other new officials and approved the promotion of several senior officials of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Coast Guard.

Among the new appointees is Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo who was named as the Philippines’ new permanent representative to the United Nations.

Manalo replaces Rodolfo Robles, who in turn was appointed as the Philippines’ ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Canada.

A lawyer by profession, Robles was part of a consultative committee formed by President Duterte tasked to craft a new constitution that establishes a federal system of government.

Aside from the two diplomats, the President also named Abdullah Hashim as a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority.