‘Running priest’ runs to Philippine veep’s defence

  • Philippines
  • Tuesday, 03 Dec 2019

LUCENA CITY: An activist priest came to the defence of vice-president Leni Robredo after President Rodrigo Duterte fired the country’s second-highest official from a key role in the war against illegal drugs.

Fr Robert Reyes, known as the “running priest” for drawing attention to his causes by running, said yesterday that he believed Duterte feared what Robredo would find out if she stayed long as vice-chair of the Interagency Anti-Drug Committee (Icad), a position which Robredo held for barely two weeks.

Reyes, in an online interview, said Robredo “spends her time diligently looking for the truth about the reality of the drug problem and trafficking in the country”.

He accused Duterte and his allies of spending their time “doing the opposite – covering up the truth”.

He said if Duterte had been serious in appointing Robredo, “instead of panic, he would have appreciated her willingness to do the work”.

Yesterday, Duterte cited another reason for firing Robredo from Icad.“The more she stays with Icad, the higher the risk of her committing blunder, the more people will be wondering: What really is the truth?” Duterte said. — Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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