"“Nagulat, in the sense na for a very long time, hindi natin napapakinggan si Presidente na pinagtatanggol tayo,” - Robredo

"“Nagulat, in the sense na for a very long time, hindi natin napapakinggan si Presidente na pinagtatanggol tayo,” - Robredo



The Vice President in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN’snews channel ANC, Leni Robredo admits that she was surprised by the decision of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s taking her side in her efforts of helping the government in the nation’s battle against the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or Covid-19.

“Nagulat, in the sense na for a very long time, hindi natin napapakinggan si Presidente na pinagtatanggol tayo,” said the Vice President.


(I  was surprised, in the sense that for a very long, we have not heard of the President defending me.)

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo
(photo credit to owner)


“Pero ngayon na pinagtanggol tayo, natuwa tayo. Natuwa, dahil tingin ko, kailangan iyon sa panahon ngayon. Kailangan sa panahon ngayon na parating iyong mensahe magtulung-tulungan tayo,” she added.

(Now that he has defended me, I felt glad. Happy, because in my view, that’s what we all need at this time. We need to send the message that we are helping each other during this crisis.)

Last Friday the President did not only defensed the Robredo he even fired Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito Luna, who suggested that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for alleging that the latter was competing with the national government’s efforts with respect to dealing with COVID-19.



“Para sa akin kasi, I think it was a good move. Sa amin, welcome move iyon, kasi ang panahon ngayon natin, extraordinary—hindi dapat tino-tolerate iyong kahit individual o public official na siya pa iyong nagso-sow ng division within government,” Robredo said when asked about her reaction on Duterte’s move to sack Luna.

(For me, I think it was a good move. For us, it is a welcome move because during a time like this, it is extraordinary. We should not tolerate an individual or a public official who is sowing division within the government.)

“Eh iyong ginawa noong Commissioner Luna, parang kinukuwestiyon niya iyong ginagawa natin na pag-collaborate with the private sector para makatulong sa ginagawa ngayon ng pamahalaan. Binrand niya iyon na ‘competition’,” the VP added.

(What Commissioner Luna did was he questioned our efforts to collaborate with the private sector to help with government’s efforts. He branded it as a competition.)









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