Herminio Coloma – Presidential Communications Secretary – hinted during a radio interview that incoming Vice President Leni Robredo would oppose the plans of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to eliminate crime, illegal drugs and corruption in the country by reinstating the death penalty, public executions, and a shoot-to-kill policy against criminals.
“Tiyak na bilang pangalawang pangulo, siya (Robredo) ay mangunguna sa pagtatanggol sa pag-iral ng respeto sa batas at paglaban sa lahat ng tangkang supilin ang mga demokrating mga karapatan ng mga mamamayan,” Coloma said.
(As the vice president, she will surely lead in protecting the respect for law and in fighting for the democratic human rights.)
Coloma also praised Robredo for being a symbol of the integrity of women and for advocating for the poor, gender equality, and shared prosperity. He added that Robredo will continue the “Daang Matuwid” principles that outgoing President Benigno Aquino III implemented during his term.
“Hindi maikakaila na malaking bahagi ng malawak na suportang inani ni Leni noong nakaraang halalan ay nanggaling sa hanay ng mga Pilipinong nais itaguyod ang tunay na diwa ng EDSA hinggil sa kahalagan ng mga karapatan ng mga mamamayan sa isang masiglang demoraksya,” said Coloma.
(It cannot be denied that a big part of the support gained by Leni in the recent election came from Filipinos who wanted to establish the true meaning of EDSA based on the importance of the citizens' right for a strong democracy.)
Despite Robredo and Duterte’s differences, the vice president is still willing to support the incoming President’s plans to improve the situation of the country.
(If our proclamation proceeds on Monday, I will be the one to find a way, to at least pay a courtesy visit just to assure him that he can count on my support.)