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‘VP focusing on anti-poverty programs, not presidency’


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.


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.


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)

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  • Dee

    Anti-poverty you say? Leni Robredo’s stance on dissent is an anti-poor platform that will not create prosperity for the country. We have an unthinking questionably elected vice-president whose only goal is to shoot her mouth against the President at press conferences. From the start. she has consistently worked to destroy the realistic programs of the government of a duly elected President willing to listen and work for the marginalized majority.

  • Tips_y

    Robredo is sanctimonious, hypocritical, and a liar! I now regret having voted for her. I want her impeached!!! Boot her out, together with her assistant hernandez!!!

  • Dee

    My God….I hate Liars!!!

  • Leopoldo Mayo

    Vice President Leny Robredo’s letter to DILG Secretary Ismael Sueño asking for voluminous details about the government’s campaign against illegal drugs is very badly written and lacks even the very basics of official courtesy. It doesn’t properly state the intended purpose for which the very sensitive information being requested was to be used, and definitely does not justify the unstated ultimate objective for which it was intended and was in fact used–to accuse, humiliate, and embarrass the Duterte administration in the international community. Indeed, had VP Robredo and her staff been more circumspect and responsible about the information they needed, they would have realized that it was not the sort of thing that can be cavalierly asked and discussed in a sly, cryptic letter like that but formally taken up in a properly convened and scheduled conference with President Duterte and the cabinet members concerned. As it is, there should absolutely be no doubt in a right-thinking mind that VP Robredo really wanted to play with fire and to set the whole issue ablaze–and how! For this, I think, VP Robredo needs to be impeached outright not just for maliciously usurping a function that is definitely not within her authority as vice president, not just for betraying the public trust, but for irresponsible behavior bordering on childishness.