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VP Leni unperturbed by exclusion in ASEAN events

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By Raymund Antonio 

Vice President Leni Robredo does not mind not being officially part of any activities related to the recently concluded 31st Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) Summit.

“I don’t want to make a big deal out of it,” Robredo told reporters in Iloilo on Wednesday.

Vice President Leni Robredo reiterated the importance of creating an inclusive business model, and paving the way for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to thrive, during the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Vice President Leni Robredo reiterated the importance of creating an inclusive business model, and paving the way for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to thrive, during the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“For me, I’m here to do my job,” she continued.

Robredo, who resigned as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council after she was barred from attending Cabinet meetings, was commenting on Malacañang’s decision not to invite her to the ASEAN gala dinner for world leaders attending the summit.

She also had no official role in welcoming the visiting ASEAN delegates and leaders of the region’s dialogue partners, upon their arrival at the country’s airports last weekend — a task that has been delegated to vice presidents in the past.

The Vice President said it is up to the “discretion” of President Rodrigo Duterte who he wants to include in the list of invitees to the event.

“I don’t want to blow this issue out of proportion,” Robredo stressed.

The former housing chief made her presence felt at the ASEAN Summit by joining Philippine officials during its opening ceremony on November 13.

Robredo, in a Filipiniana-inspired attire, was seated between Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III.

Last Tuesday, Robredo was a keynote speaker at the closing ceremony of the ASEAN Investment and Business Summit held at Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City.

In her speech, Robredo emphasized that ASEAN businessmen should ensure inclusive growth that would benefit even micro, small, and medium enterprises or MSMEs.

“The problem of inclusivity is everyone’s job now,  because inequality  has turned the world’s poor  into angry consumers,” said Robredo.

The Vice President underscored the crucial roles of both the government and private sector in helping the MSMEs.

“For too long, the world has treated micro,  small,  and medium-scale enterprises  with casual concern.  Their small economic footprint keeping them in the little boy’s room,  unable to participate in global discussions,” she said.

“But if we are to solve inequality,  we must ensure that MSMEs benefit  from unclogged value chains,  fair trade,  and peace,” Robredo added.

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    angrycitizen

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    Sayang ang pagkain kay Leni. She’ll only play the victim card and harp endlessly about “palit-ulo” and 13k-100k EJK deaths that she would have quoted from Rappler. ASEAN was a bigger success because she wasn’t in it.

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      In ur fez!!!

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      hahaha 13 mil na daw hihihi

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    emomarcelo

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    She’s used to doing nothing. And she’s untrustworthy. As a member of the cabinet, she critisized and maligned President Duterte. What can you do with such a person. Hope she she disappears.

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    LokoMo

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    ASEAN Summit has been hosted smoothly and successfully without the fake VP Leni.

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    johnny wang

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    The president wanted to show the leaders it was he who is in charge instead of working as a team with his vice president. What a shame and a national disgrace that Duterte tried to just promote himself and was found sleep walking at most of the events while the other leaders were full of energy and were enjoying their stay in the PH

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    Kwak Kwak Kwak

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    AFP Acquires State-of-the-Art UAVs

    It is encouraging to note that the AFP will finally acquire a highly capable state-of-the-art unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that will have a “game-changing” impact on the war against terror, especially for military operations similar to the ongoing battle for Marawi.

    Israel, the world pioneer in UAVs (yes, even before the American started using them), is now selling us their latest and most capable UAV, which is priceless for our many military operations and missions. The latest news on the acquisition of this system shows (https://www. update. ph/2017/08/ph-to-acquire-4-israeli-unmanned-aerial-vehicles/19847; http://maxdefense. blogspot. com/2017/08/ philippine-air-force-to-procure-elbits.html) past operational tragedies like the Mamasapano Massacre and the costly operations (in life and materiel) in Basilan and Sulu can now be avoided by our war planners./m,,

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      Rey David

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      preparing our military for all the threats in our country is one of the best initiatives of our president and his administration. we should support our president in his dedication to fully upgrade our military. he knows what is best for our military and is doing everything in his control to make sure that the military will be ready to protect us/,..

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      Lucas Temoteo

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      protecting our military should be the primary concern of our government and this is indeed what our president is doing. he is like a good father who is protecting our capabilities in the military so we can react more quickly and properly in case of any threat. we should support our president in his goal of strengthening our military/,..

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      Berdugo Katapang

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      we have seen during the marawi incident that our military needs to be upgraded to cope up with the threats to our country. let us support our president for his dedication in making our military more capable in dealing with all the threats to our country. this president clearly is working for the benefit of our military.,//

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      SUPERBI

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      we are a country made up of different islands. it is more important that we have a military that is able and capable to have advance intelligence. this project of our president and our government is a very good step in making sure that our military capabilities be enhanced. this will show that our president is truly sincere in his words,.//

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    Kwak Kwak Kwak

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    this clearly shows the support of our current president and government to our troops. our president has supported our troops all the way and he is not only saying things but also showing actions in his words. we should now take care of our troops as they are our defense for all the enemies of the state including terrorists

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      Rey David

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      the strengthening of our military has been long overdue. it is only through this government and our president that we are seeing the right attention deserved by our troops. we should continue supporting our military and our president in his dedication to make sure that our military is able and prepared

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      Lucas Temoteo

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      this is very good news to our troops and our military. israel is very capable in selling us military equipment and they have been known to have good military capabilities. we should applaud our president in his real concern and real dedication to improve our military capabilities

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      Berdugo Katapang

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      there is no room for corruption in this administration and as a result our president is now upgrading the capabilities of our military. if there is no corruption then we have enough money and resources to upgrade our capabilities. let us support our president in his dedication to our military and his goal of upgrading their capabilities

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      SUPERBI

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      a capable military will make our country earn the respect of our neighbors. the upgrade of our military is an important first step for us to gain the respect of our neighbor countries. our president knows this and he is not only saying or making promises to the military but also making actions in making sure that they get the right equipment

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