by Raymund F. Antonio
Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo is not in aspiring to be the country’s next president, contrary to the claims of President Rodrigo Duterte, her spokesperson said on Monday.
“The President is entitled to say what is in his mind, but we hope they would look into where are these are coming from. There is no such plan,” Georgina Hernandez told reporters in Filipino at a gathering in Quezon City in celebration of Women’s Month.
Hernandez refuted claims that Robredo is in a hurry to claim the presidency.
“If there is something she is rushing, it is to finish what we have started in our anti-poverty programs,” Robredo’s spokesperson stressed.
Apart from her program to alleviate poverty, Hernandez said the Vice President is likewise seeking to give justice to the victims of extrajudicial killings and their affected families.
The Vice President spoke before Quezon City residents about her Angat Buhay, her flagship project that targets six core advocacies namely nutrition and food security, healthcare, education, housing, rural development, and women empowerment.
IMPEACHMENT: SUBSTANCE, NOT NUMBERS
On plans to impeach the second highest elected officials of the country, the Robredo camp said it is not taking the move lightly.
Hernandez indicated that the Vice President would be ready to face the impeachment case once it is filed before the House of Representatives.
Even as the House leadership has numbers to impeach Robredo, Hernandez said she believed lawmakers would decide her case based on their principles and what is right.
“Sana hindi lang purely numbers ang tinitingnan natin dito pero iyong content, iyong substance,” she said when asked to comment on Senate President Koko Pimentel’s statement that Robredo has more chances to be impeached than Duterte.
ON ‘PALIT ULO’
Regarding the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) denial of the “palit-ulo” scheme, where a relative of drug suspects is taken instead if they could not be found, the Office of the Vice President said it is willing to communicate with the police.
PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa, yesterday dared Vice President Robredo to show proof of the alleged modus operandi in the campaign against illegal drugs.
“I deny the palit-ulo version that the Vice President has been saying. If there is any, I have yet to receive the complaint about that,” said dela Rosa. (with a reporty from Aaron Recuenco)