- Vice President Leni Robredo admitted she was surprised that President Rodrigo Duterte came to defend her against Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito Luna
- Luna pushed the National Bureau of Investigation to probe Robredo for allegedly competing with or undermining the national government’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic
- Robredo reacted, “Nagulat in the sense na for a very long time, hindi natin napapakinggan si Presidente na pinagtatanggol tayo”
- She said she was pleased with the President’s move especially in these trying times that everyone should be united
Vice President Leni Robredo admitted she was surprised that President Rodrigo Duterte came to defend her after Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Manuelito Luna urged an investigation against her efforts amid COVID-19 pandemic.
In a surprise late-night public address on April 3, the President said he fired Luna and he understood that Robredo is only doing what's right when she called for support from private sectors to provide aid to frontliners.
In an ANC interview on Sunday, April 5, Robredo reacted to the rare move of the nation’s chief.
"I think it was a good move. Sa amin welcome move ‘yon kasi ang panahon ngayon natin, extraordinary. Hindi dapat tino-tolerate ‘yong kahit individual o public official na siya pa ‘yong nag-so-sow ng division within government,” she said.
Vice President said she was surprised Luna was fired by Duterte.
“Nagulat in the sense na for a very long time, hindi natin napapakinggan si Presidente na pinagtatanggol tayo. Pero ngayon na pinagtanggol tayo, natuwa tayo. Natuwa dahil tingin ko, kailangan ‘yon sa panahon ngayon. Kailangan sa panahon ngayon na parati ‘yong mensahe magtulong-tulong tayo.”
According to Rappler, Duterte has repeatedly criticized Robredo in the past and shut her out from Cabinet meetings, prompting Robredo to resign from her cabinet post in 2016.
It can be recalled that Luna pushed the National Bureau of Investigation to probe Robredo for allegedly competing with or undermining the national government’s efforts to combat the pandemic.
“The National Bureau of Investigation should investigate Vice-President Leni Robredo for illegal solicitations, actions that compete with, or calculated to undermine, national government efforts in this time of public health emergency or national calamities, such as OVP’s free shuttle service and dormitories for health workers, and PPEs for health workers,” Luna said.
“Being a part of the national government, Robredo is barred from competing with the DOH (Department of Health), DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) and OCD/NDRRMC (Office of Civil Defense), or undermining their efforts, and from soliciting donations, in cash or in kind, from the taxpaying public, especially since funds have already been appropriated or set aside for relief assistance, disaster mitigation, rehabilitation, etc.,” he added.
In a previous report by KAMI, Angelica Panganiban, who recently said she regrets endorsing Duterte during the 2016 elections, aired her low-key reaction on Duterte’s move to fire Luna.
Leni Robredo is the current and 14th Vice President of the Philippines. She has been popularly known as the widow of late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.
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