By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo said on Wednesday she is sorry she can’t always agree with President Rodrigo Duterte on certain issues while she was still a member of his Cabinet.
“For the things we didn’t agree with, I’m sure with my conviction. This is what I would ask for forgiveness from him because I can’t give it to him,” Robredo told reporters in Surigao del Norte, where she was the guest of honor at the Teacher’s Congress of the Department of Education.
Despite her resignation from the Cabinet, the Vice President noted that she would still reach out to Duterte, reiterating that she will support his good programs and initiative.
“What I can’t promise him that on the things we didn’t agree with, I would change my decision,” she said.
Robredo was invited at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) turnover ceremony with Duterte but she was not able to attend the event because she was in Surigao City. “If not for this (Teacher’s Congress), I would have attended,” she said.
Robredo resigned as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) last Monday after the President ordered her to stop from attending Cabinet meetings.
A day after her resignation, Robredo went on to fulfill her duties as vice president as she visited Compostela Valley and Surigao del Norte in Mindanao.
She checked on the housing projects for Typhoon “Pablo” victims and the progress of her anti-poverty program the other day before she proceeded to the Teacher’s Congress.
Reacting on the statement of Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella that Duterte’s order was only meant to discipline her, she said it is hard for her to agree all the time with the President.
“When I was hired, it is clear what is my position,” she said. “Even with my appointment in the Cabinet, I can’t change my position. If that is the reason, it only goes to show that our relationship is untenable.”
Robredo has been a vocal critic of Duterte’s decision to allow the burial of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
She is also against extra-judicial killings linked to the ongoing campaign on illegal drugs and revival of the death penalty.
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