Cayetano: With Robredo on top, Operation Tokhang became Operation All-Talk


House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday criticized Vice President Leni Robredo’s recent statements since she accepted her appointment as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, saying she “started off on the wrong mouth.”

“I’ve been monitoring for the last three days, and parang from ‘Operating Tokhang’, parang naging ‘Operation All-Talk’ eh,” he told CNN Philippines.

“Well, nagulat ako. I guess it just so happens that the vice president is the favorite of media, or she likes media exposure,” the Taguig lawmaker said.

He even compared his first month to Robredo’s first few days since accepting the post.

“Sa office ko nga the first month, I asked people to be involved in all the meetings, get yourself acquainted, and everything, then do the talking later,” he said.

But Robredo started talking the moment she sat down, Cayetano said. “Pero pag-upo pa lang, ‘UN papasukin daw, tokhang tanggaling mo, etc.’ So it’s hard to know…” he said.

“Then now she says magpapa-briefing sa lahat ng department at sa lahat ng agencies. Eh hindi pa pala nagbibi-briefing, so why already all of these ideas and criticisms?” he said.

Cayetano said Robredo was “starting on the wrong mouth.”

“I think tama na ‘yung pulitika o debate from both sides when she was appointed. But once she’s appointed, it’s our duty, she’s our vice president whether we like it or not,” he said.

“And now as the head or co-chair nung sa anti-drugs, dapat respetuhin. But she also has to respect the work that has been done in the last four years,” Cayetano said.