VP Leni to Duterte & Panelo :Avoid 'confusing' remarks

VP Leni to Duterte & Panelo :Avoid 'confusing' remarks

The Vice President of the Philippines has called out the president and his spokesperson.

Vice President Leni Robredo in her weekly radio show has called out President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo to get their acts together, and that they should talk first before giving any official statements.

The Vice President said the statements that should come from their mouths should be the same.

Vice President Leni Robredo
(photo credit to PDI)

“They should say the same thing” ,said the second highest official of the land.

This incident was brought about after Panelo clarified the statement of Duterte that he would “ignore” the arbitral ruling on the West Philippine Sea so the Philippines could get into oil and gas exploration deal with China.

Robredo rebukes Panelo for his remark on the “inability of her political advisers to comprehend the complexities of our current situation with China” after she issued a statement on setting aside of the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).

“I’m really confused because what he said was different from what the President said. The President said he would set aside the arbitral ruling. Then he [Panelo] said that was not what [the President] wanted to say. So he’s right: I’m really confused,” Robredo said.

“That’s what we’re pointing out, Ka Ely,” she went on. “If he says we’re really confused, we’re really confused. That’s why we are commenting. We can’t let it end in confusion b because of statements that won’t be good for everyone.”

Robredo also shrugged off Panelo’s comment for her to “be more circumspect in issuing statements on the matter and rely more on her instinct as a lawyer and mother protective of those she is constitutionally tasked to shepherd.”

“That’s precisely what I’m relying on when I make a statement — because their statement is bothersome,” Robredo said.

Robredo gave a warning  that President Duterte’s remarks if not clarified  will have big repercussions not only for the present but also for future generations.

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