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Leni Robredo finally wore out her welcome in Duterte’s administration

December 5, 2016
by Ilda
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Current Vice President Leni Robredo has tendered her resignation from her position as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). She cited many reasons for relieving herself from her duties but it seems it simply boils down to irreconcilable differences between her and President Rodrigo Duterte. This parting of ways was inevitable considering Robredo made her displeasure of some of Duterte’s policies and quirks known to the public. For his part, Duterte has made his lack of respect for Leni known to the public as well especially when he makes her the butt of jokes during cabinet meetings.
I don’t think a lot of people were surprised that the relationship between Duterte and Robredo went pear-shaped less than six months into their terms. This was very predictable. The problem with Leni is she doesn’t know when to quit talking to the media. She actually loves to talk about how she disapproves of Duterte’s policies. That’s not very smart of her. Her relationship with Duterte hasn’t even warmed up yet but she’s already behaving like a backstabber – all smiles when she’s facing Duterte, but then says a lot of negative things about him as soon as his back is turned. She would have gotten more respect if she had the guts to say what she wanted to say to his face.  
What did Leni expect Duterte to do when she openly attacks him in front of the media? Did she expect him to kiss her rear end?
As mentioned before, it’s obvious that Duterte doesn’t respect Robredo. It could be because Robredo doesn’t come across as smart. She comes across as clueless. After all, she acts very clueless about why people think her win as vice president is fraudulent. Duterte probably knows that she had nothing to do with the alleged electoral fraud, but the fact that she believes without a doubt that she won the election and is quick to dismiss claims of cheating even after evidence and testimonies of irregularities in voting precincts were presented says a lot about her. For one, it is a sign that she has become delusional – all the praises she is getting from her supporters has gotten into her head. She must be thinking that she is actually more popular than former Senator Bongbong Marcos and that, of course, she won the election.
To a casual observer, Duterte seems to be simply humouring Robredo until the time the Supreme Court decides on Marcos’s electoral protest. Duterte knows that Robredo speaks ill of him behind his back.
Robredo cited in her statement that the plot to steal the Vice Presidency from her is in motion. She insults the Supreme Court justices by implying that they will not even bother reviewing the merits of the electoral case filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos and simply declare him the winner of the recent election. For someone who holds a high position in government, Robredo is suggesting that the justice system in the Philippines cannot be trusted to bring a fair outcome. I suppose that if the Supreme Court decision is favourable to her, she will call it “fair” and truthful. But when it favours the complainant, she will cry foul and say that her post was stolen.
Robredo is the one trying to cause division in Philippine society. She seems to be trying to rile her supporters to go out in the streets and rally behind her. I say bring it on! Let’s see if Robredo really has 14 million supporters. It’s about time to prove if she has that so-called Cory “magic” bullshit.
Robredo should focus more on the electoral case if she thinks that there are people out to steal her position rather than spend time posing for glamour magazines. With all the time she spends on public relations to boost her image, one would get the impression that she is doing an excellent job as chairman of the HUDCC. It’s actually the opposite. It turns out, she has a lot of problems that she is only now telling the public. She claims that the budget for housing was cut and is not enough for key shelter agencies. She should blame former President BS Aquino for not giving priority to her agency. After all, Duterte administration did not come up with a budget for 2016.
Robredo also claims that “inaction on appointment recommendations and the executive order to make the HUDCC more effective” was cramping her job. Whoever will replace Leni as chairman of HUDCC will prove to us whether Leni is telling the truth about the “obstacles” in doing her job. She seems to be the only cabinet member who complains a lot. She can’t even find ways to work around her problem without telling the media. She definitely reminds me of BS Aquino. The former President was full of lame excuses for not doing his job. No wonder they belong to the same political party. They have the same victim mentality and both suffer the same persecution complex.
Robredo may have been forced to resign after she reportedly received a text message from executive assistant Bong Go saying she is no longer welcome to attend cabinet meetings in the future. While that move was very insulting and shows lack of respect, there is something to be said about the fact that Robredo doesn’t seem to command respect from the rest of the Cabinet members at all. They probably don’t see her as their equal. It doesn’t help that she is a member the opposition and is quite vocal about her opposition to a lot of things. In other words, she cannot be trusted with sensitive information during cabinet meetings.
             

Speaker Alvarez: VP Leni Robredo is fired

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Sunday night said Vice President Leni Robredo was "fired" from President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet.

"Considering the situation, I think she is FIRED," Alvarez said in a text message.

The House Speaker sent the message after Robredo announced that she was resigning from the Cabinet of Duterte as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.

Robredo said that she made the decision after receiving text from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco Jr. that President Rodrigo Duterte wanted her to "desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting Monday, December 5."

The Vice President said she will be tendering her resignation on Monday.
Evasco said in a radio interview that Duterte and Robredo have irreconcilable differences. —report from Xianne Arcangel/ALG, GMA News

- See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/591188/news/nation/speaker-alvarez-vp-leni-robredo-is-fired#sthash.AB2Qj1zt.dpuf

Robredo to resign from Duterte Cabinet

(3rd UPDATE) Vice President Leni Robredo says she's stepping down as HUDCC chairperson after being told to 'desist from attending all Cabinet meetings'
OUT OF THE CABINET. Vice President Leni Robredo is set to resign from her post as President Rodrigo Duterte's HUDCC chairperson. File photo from Office of the Vice President
MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – "This is the last straw."
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday, December 4, said she was quitting her post as President Rodrigo Duterte's housing chief on Monday, December 5.
In a statement released by her office late Sunday, Robredo said her resignation was prompted by Duterte's order for her "to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, December 5."
The order was given through a text message sent by Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr, who in turn was relaying instructions given by Duterte through Special Assistant to the President Bong Go. (READ: How did Duterte break with Robredo? Through text message)
"This is the last straw, because it makes it impossible for me to perform my duties. Hence, I am tendering my resignation from the Cabinet on Monday, December 5, 2016. With this resignation, you can expect that I will continue to support the positive initiatives of this administration and oppose those that are inimical to the people's interest," said Robredo.
Prior to this, Robredo said she encountered "obstacles" in her role as Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chairperson, caused by an apparent lack of support from the executive branch. (READ: Gov't only averages 200,000 homes per year – Robredo)
"One, the budget for all key shelter agencies in 2017 has been slashed by more than P19 billion. Two, all our key shelter agency appointment recommendations have not been acted on. Three, the Executive Order designed to make HUDCC effective was not signed," the Vice President said. (READ: Robredo eyes completion of Yolanda housing by 2018)
Robredo ran under the then-ruling Liberal Party (LP) during the May 2016 elections while Duterte was the standard-bearer of the now-ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban). Duterte and many LP personalities have been at odds since the campaign period.
In a speech, Duterte claimed the LP was out to oust him, even if it does not have a majority in either the Senate or the House of Representatives. Robredo, the LP member with the highest elective post, denied these allegations.
'Plot to steal the Vice Presidency'
In her statement, Robredo added that she had long been "warned of a plot to steal the Vice Presidency."
"I have chosen to ignore this and focus on the job at hand. But the events of recent days indicate that this plot is now being set into motion," she said.
Although Robredo did not specify who was "plotting to steal" her post, she recounted her differences with Duterte.
"From the very beginning, the President and I had major differences in principles and values. Since I assumed office, I have been consistent in my opposition to issues such as the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, extrajudicial killings, reinstating death penalty, lowering the age of criminal liability, and sexual attacks against women," said Robredo.
She added: "But we both had a mandate to serve the people. I had hoped that this shared commitment to the poor and marginalized would transcend the differences between us." (WATCH & READ: Rappler Talk: Leni Robredo on 'making dreams happen')
Apparently, those differences were too much to transcend. Robredo has been among the most vocal in Duterte's Cabinet in opposing the hero's burial for Marcos. There have been some sectors who've called on anti-Marcos members of Duterte's Cabinet to step down.
Marcos factor?
Duterte has been open about his personal ties to the Marcoses. While his late mother led the anti-Marcos movement in their hometown of Davao City, his father once served in the Marcos Cabinet. Duterte also previously said that Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, the eldest among the Marcos siblings, contributed funds to his campaign. The governor downplayed Duterte's pronouncements as a joke. (READ: Luneta protesters to Duterte: End alliance with Marcos family)

OUT OF THE CABINET. Vice President Leni Robredo is set to resign from her post as President Rodrigo Duterte's HUDCC chairperson. File photo from Office of the Vice President
The late dictator's only son, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, lost to Robredo in the vice presidential race by a slim margin. The younger Marcos is contesting her win.
In his recent state visit to China, Duterte "joked" that the country would have a new vice president if Marcos wins his electoral protest.
Last month, the Robredo camp had expressed alarm over rumors that the country would "have a new VP" by early 2017, supposedly through a recount that would be conducted"without the direction of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal."
The working relationship between Duterte and Robredo has been testy from the get-go. Duterte said he was initially not keen on appointing Robredo to the Cabinet because it might hurt Marcos' feelings. He later appointed her as his housing czar. (READ: Hello, Leni? How Duterte made the Cabinet offer to VP Robredo)
The Vice President does not have a specific function, based on the Philippine Consitution, but he or she is traditionally given a Cabinet post. (READ: Robredo 'warmly welcomed' into Duterte Cabinet)
Recently, Duterte and Robredo's working relationship made headlines again when the President teased the Vice President about her "short skirt" as they were attending the commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). The following day, Robredo said "tasteless remarks and inappropriate advances against women should have no place in our society." – Rappler.com

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