The newly-proclaimed vice president Leni Robredo keeps things positive despite the confounding statement presumptive president Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte said about her not having a cabinet position.
Speaking to the press on Monday, May 30, after her proclamation at the House of Representatives, Robredo admitted that even if she and Duterte do not know each other personally, she is ‘very hopeful’ that they would have a good working relationship.
“Maraming bagay na magkaiba ang aming pananaw pero hindi ‘yun magiging dahilan para hindi maging maganda ang aming samahan”, said Robredo. (We may have our differences, but that should not be the reason our relationship cannot be great.)
It has been known that Robredo and Duterte have clashing political beliefs –the latest being Robredo hinting to oppose Duterte’s policies on human rights. The incoming vice president, however, said that she is willing to keep an open mind and listen to Duterte’s proposed policies.
“Kahit naman sa anong relasyon, hindi naman lahat nag-a-agree. Mag-agree to disagree kami some of the time, pero lagi ko siyang i-a-assure na ‘yung 100 percent na suporta ko sa kanya.” (In any relationship, not everyone will agree. We will agree to disagree some of the time, but I will always assure him that I give 100% of my support.)
She also noted that she shares similarities with Duterte, since both came from positions in the local government. She believes that their experience is crucial to their new role, as both know how intricate and complex local governance could be.
Both are expected to take their oaths on June 30, 2016.