Vice President-elect Leni Robredo said she will assure President-elect Rodrigo Duterte of her “100% support and cooperation.”
Robredo said the first thing she will do is to seek out a visit to Duterte after their official proclamation next week.
“Palagay ko nararapat lang na ia-assure ko siya na he has my 100% support and cooperation. Iyon naman ang obligation ko para sa ating bayan. Hindi obligasyon lamang kay Pangulong Duterte, pero obligasyon sa taumbayan na 'yong ‘pag kaming dalawa ay magkasundo ang makikinabang lamang noon ay ang ating mga kababayan,” said the Camarines Sur representative.
(I think it’s only proper that I assure him that he has my 100% support and cooperation. That is my obligation to our nation. It’s not just an obligation to President-elect Duterte but an obligation to the people, that we get along. The people would benefit from this.)
On election day, May 9, Robredo said that if she and Duterte won, she will be a supportive vice president but she would not compromise when it comes to human rights issues.
“Kung matuloy ang proklamasyon namin sa Monday, ako ang maghahanap ng paraan, at least maka-pay lang ng courtesy visit para i-assure lang siya na makakaasa siya sa aking suporta (If the proclamation is on Monday, I’ll find a way to at least assure him that he can count on my support,” said Robredo.
Robredo was running mate of former interior secretary Mar Roxas, the ruling Liberal Party’s standard-bearer.
Duterte was the PDP-Laban standard-bearer.
The Davao City mayor won as president with more than 16 million votes, while Robredo got more than 14 million votes, edging out Senator Bongbong Marcos in a tight vice presidential race.
Robredo said she thought it would be presumptuous to reach out to Duterte while the official canvassing of votes in Congress was still ongoing.
When asked about her preferred Cabinet post under the Duterte administration, Robredo said she has no right to demand anything from the incoming president.
“Whatever he decides, we will respect it,” said Robredo.
Duterte joked during the campaign that she would appoint Robredo as “assistant president.”