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Robredo to resign as housing secretary

Cabinet secretary confirms Robredo’s statement that Duterte wanted her to 'desist' from Cabinet meetings

Updated

By MB Online

Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo announced her resignation effective Monday, December 5 as housing secretary, citing differences with the administration.

Robredo, in a statement released Sunday, December 4, said she will relinquish her post as chairperson of the cabinet-level Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

She will hold a press conference about her resignation on Monday.

Read more: (READ) Statement of Vice President Leni Robredo, December 4, 2016

Vice President Leni Robredo (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

Vice President Leni Robredo
(Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

She claimed receiving a text message on Saturday from secretary to the Cabinet Leoncio “Jun” Evasco Jr. “relaying [President Rodrigo Duterte’s] instruction through [special assistant to the president Christopher “Bong”] Go for me ‘to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings’ beginning Monday.

“This is the last straw, because it makes it impossible for me to perform my duties,” Robredo said in her statement that she opened with the words: “We had hoped this day would not come.”

In a Facebook post, former Akbayan party-list representative Barry Gutierrez showed a photo of Evasco’s text message to Robredo.

Cabinet secretary Jun Evasco’s text message to Vice Pres. Leni Robredo. Barry Gutierrez’ Facebook account | mb.com.ph

Cabinet secretary Jun Evasco’s text message to Vice Pres. Leni Robredo.
Barry Gutierrez’ Facebook account | mb.com.ph

Cabinet secretary Evasco confirmed over radio DZMM that the president indeed made the directive for Robredo to no longer attend Cabinet meetings. “I called her up first but there was no response.”

But Evasco said the president did not instruct Robredo’s termination. “Whatever her decision is, it is her prerogative.”

Before receiving the text message, Robredo enumerated the three “obstacles thrown in our way” even as she boasted HUDCC’s “solid accomplishments” within barely five months:

  1. “The budget for all key shelter agencies in 2017 has been slashed by more than P19 billion.”
  2. “All our key shelter agency appointment recommendations have not been acted on.”
  3. “The Executive Order designed to make HUDCC effective was not signed.”

‘Major differences’

Robredo also cited the “major differences in principles and values” between her and President Rodrigo Duterte as a factor for leaving her post, referring to the policies being pushed by the administration and the seemingly vicious attacks against women.

“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, extra-judicial killings, reinstating death penalty, lowering the age of criminal liability, and sexual attacks against women,” the vice president said.

Even with their polarity in political convictions, Robredo said she took the job of housing secretary because she and the president “both had a mandate to serve the people,” adding that she ”had hoped that this shared commitment to the poor and marginalized would transcend the differences between us.”

Evasco, in the same DZMM interview, confirmed there are “irreconcilable differences” between the two leaders that even the public knows.

While Robredo said she will continue to “oppose those that are inimical to the people’s interest,” she will still support “the positive initiatives of this administration” despite her departure from the Cabinet.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella, in a separate interview over radio DZMM, described the composition of the president’s advisers as a “rainbow Cabinet” where he said the political differences of each members thrive.

Threat to her office

Robredo also stressed she will defend her position as the duly-elected vice president despite ignoring warnings about “a plot to steal the Vice Presidency.”

“I will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen. I will not allow the will of the people to be thwarted,” Robredo insisted, despite expressing fears that recent events “indicate that this plot is now being set into motion.”

“I will continue to serve the Filipino family and fulfill their dream for a better life.”

Abella and Evasco, in their separate DZMM interviews, declined to comment on the vice president’s insinuations.

Robredo, who was appointed HUDCC chair in July, follows the resignation of National Historical Commission of the Philippines chairperson Maria Serena Diokno, who cited her opposition to the Marcos burial as her reason.

She faces an electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., son of the late dictator, whom she narrowly defeated in the May 2016 elections.

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  • Mariano Patalinjug

    Yonkers,New York
    04 December 2016

    Resigning from her Cabinet post, after she was notified of Little Tyrant Duterte’s order for her not to attend Cabinet meetings, was the correct and ;principled thing to do–in an Administration that has obviously no use for Principles or for the Rule of Law.

    I would suggest that Vice President Leni Robredo protect her back and her fllanks from here on till the day this Little tyrant is deposed one one way or the other, via IMPEACHMENT, or PEOPLE POWER, or a military COUP D’ETAT.

    In the event, she should be prepared to take over automatically as President, and return the :Philippines to the RULE OF LAW.

    MARIANO PATALINJUG
    patalinjugmar@gmail.com

    • Lucas Isaiah

      Principles or for the Rule of Law.???? Isip muna kayo pag-may time… pwede rin kayo mag gathered ng info about Aquino Administration…
      Babaw ng Pinagkukunan ninyo… hukayin nmn po ninyo kahit kaunti….

      • Lightpowered

        @Lucas. Learn how to stick to the issue! Aquino is no longer the President and has no power.

        • GreatDave

          the budget that she is using her now, came from old administration…simple expalanation..dont be brainwashing sa mga kultong dilaw…kaya nga tinawag na mga kulto yan LP

          • the shadow2

            hahaha mas ugok at mababaw ka ang kulto nyo ang pinagpapahid sa LP hahahah…HOY GISING!!!!

      • the shadow2

        mas mababaw ka..oguk!

  • underthePhilippineSun

    when the LADY VP is in TANTRUMS from the bullying of the PSYCHO…. wondering if the psycho heard a VOICE again…

  • victor arches

    May intel report na kasabwat si Landi sa mga coup plot na isinasagawa ngayon ng LP at mga oligarko. Pangalawa, lahat ng rinekomenda nya sa pwesto sa HUDCC ay kilalang korap. Pangatlo, limang buwan na ang nakalipas, wala pa rin syang plano at nagawa sa HUDCC. Akala nya siguro, patuloy pa rin ang “da gud ol days” ni PeN0y PaN0t.

    • the shadow2

      hahahahha gumana na namn ang garbage mong utak hahahah pang zombie mode….LOL

      • Lucas Isaiah

        @the shadow.. Hirap bang maging Bobo…mag share k nmn…..

  • Looking Glass

    Oh well, I guess she never really knew what a dirty game politics is.

  • Joe DeVoe

    She resigned when she realized that the cabinet was really the broom closet…

  • angelhero

    #incompetentVP

    • the shadow2

      #incompetentdictatomaniacpres

      • angelhero

        uu incompetent nga xia…. daming nagawa for the past few months…. grabeh sobrang incompetent…
        dictator nga xia… pina unlimited ung rally ng mga yellow armies…
        maniac meron ba u pweba????
        pero ung VP… pictorials to the max… tour around the world… post sa knyang website…
        xia nga pala ung project nia somewhere in Naga… 2 months after the inauguration… nasira/nagiba ni wala nga baha….. incompetent nga…

        • the shadow2

          hahahah marami daw nagawa…patayan…patayan..patayan….hahah yun ba?????
          #tangapamoremgakulto

          • angelhero

            uu daming namatay na drug addicts…..
            bravo bravo… bravo……

            #yellowbrain

  • Lucas Isaiah

    Wala na man talaga nagagawa ang VP ng mga PCOS na to… puro epal lang at bunganga ang pinapagana,, yung isang project nga nya, umulan lang ehh nasira na.. My God,,.. Buti na lang at inalis ka.. actually inalis ka… pinalabas mo lang na nag-resign ka/.. hahahaha

    • the shadow2

      tanga alangan pano xa makakilos wlang ni isang suporta galing sa lord digong mo….may binigay ba na pampaayos??? hahah puro kayo uto uto…mana ka kay mocha uson hahahLOL

  • RESBAK

    RESIGN. The honorable way for a lazy cabinet member to do. kung di kaya ang trabaho magresign na lang at ipasa sa iba.

    • the shadow2

      ikaw ang lazy yung amo mong walang ginagawa kundi mag babae at mamatay tao ang dapat ihinto…ngayon masaya ka na malapit n nman mkalabas si bong revilla…LOL

      • RESBAK

        ngayon masaya ka na malapit n nman mkalabas si bong revilla…LOL

        where in my comments did i mention of revilla??? kayong zombie talaga?? magbago na kayo. kayo ang salot sa lipunan.

  • 2.7 Billion Man

    Masmaganda nangyare kay Leni dahil maka-distansya na sya sa bulok at evil na gobyerno ni Psycho Killer. Sigurado kakalas na rin ang LP sa Senate Majority at may ilan pang mag-resign sa Kabinete.
    Butas na ang bangkang papel ni Psycho dahil puro panloloko lang kaya bagsak na ekonomiya, lumala corruption, terrorism at krimen. Wala pang 6 na bwan si Psycho [ero umabot na ng 50 ang peso, paalis na mga kumpanya, puro bombings, nakawan sa kaban ng bayan at patayan.
    Kaya ngayon, wala pang 10 mga pro-Dutertards nasali sa Rally dahil natauhan na.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f698e05a753cfb22e2fc7fcfe22b3e894d417c0bacda4bb3555fb22e7fe4080c.jpg

  • Paul Parenas

    Since day one, this administration used you as a wall flower. Good move! But, it took awhile for you to wise up.

    With nothing to do and full of idle time, use it to make you look good for the next presidential election……

  • Wilbert Santos

    poor Leni. she’s seems controlled and dictated and used by yellow ( i don’t consider this an Aquino Noynoy and Cory yellow, the yellows now are discolored)

    • the shadow2

      ano daw??? hahah ang gulo!

  • Ray

    Stolen na nga yan. Ano, double steal? he he

  • Jef01

    Duterte is the protector of the drug lords based on his action of killing innocent people. This Psycho is not the President of the people, for the people, by the people. Hs is the killer of poor pilipino people and should go to jail with all his henchmen.