Philippines VP accepts Duterte's 'drug czar' appointment

NOEL CELIS / AFP

In a surprising move, Philippines' Vice President Leni Robredo has accepted President Rodrigo Duterte's offer of a lead role in his war on drugs.

"I will bear everything because if I could save at least one innocent life, my principles and heart are telling me, I should give this a try," Robredo told the media, adding that she's willing to give it a go despite knowing that she won't be given full control of the anti-drug campaign.

Interestingly, her decision comes just a day after her spokesperson Barry Gutierrez scoffed at offer for the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), calling it an "empty" post.

Robredo was offered the post after she angered Duterte for criticising the controversial campaign in the media. 

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