VP Leni Robredo 'open' to another Cabinet post

VP Leni Robredo 'open' to another Cabinet post

It seems  Vice-President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo  is now singing a different tune.

Being the highest elected official form the Liberal Party, she has no choice but to carry the torch so to speak for her beloved political party so to speak. What was deemed a good combination of Rodrigo Duterte as President and her the able wingman that can help the former was so short lived when she resigned her Cabinet post as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.

She has been busy, not by what we can expect from the second highest official of the land, but in criticizing the administration and  in attending the electoral protest filed against her by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos. Some quarters deemed this scenario as a waste since she could have done more if she is in the cabinet.  *
Pres. Duterte and VP Robredo during the Philippine Military Academy graduation ceremonies in Baguio City (photo credit to owner)
The Vice President was a guest in CNN Philippines show titled  ‘The Source’ which was hosted by Pinky Webb, during course of the interview Vice President Leni Robresdo stated that she is open to the idea of having another shot as a Cabinet member in the Duterte administration, but she clarified that she will need to talk it over with the President Duterte first.

"Ako, I'll be open to it but you know it is necessary that we discuss things," Leni Robredo said.

"Perhaps I will tell the President that I will be very much willing to work with him. I will be very much willing to support what he's doing," she added. "But if there are things that I don't agree on, kailangan ko talagang sabihin. Kung okay yun sa kanya, e di okay." she added.

Robredo was appointed by President Duterte as the chair Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council up until she decided to opt out in December 2016. A simple text message from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, Jr. was sent to her in relaying the  President’s instructon for her to "to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting December 5."

Robredo called that act of texting her “the last straw” from a series of efforts to derail her from doing her job as the governments housing czar.  *
Robredo addressed her being outspoken regarding the administrations controversial pronouncements and policies may have been taken by the President’s ally the wrong way.

"Pero minamasama, siguro hindi siya mismo... marami kasing nakapaligid na iba yung interpretation (of) things that I say, or things that I do. And mahirap," she said.

She added she was satisfied with her post, and she is honest to herself to believe that there is no cabinet position that will be offered her way by the President.

"Pero if that comes, kailangan siguro pag-usapan muna [But if that comes, we'll have to talk about it first]," said Robredo.
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