While President Rodrigo Duterte was represented by his lawyers during Monday's proclamation, Vice President Leni Robredo showed up not sporting the Liberal Party’s signature color yellow. This heightened the curiosity of many. Is she finally giving signs that she does not want to be associated with the party anymore?
The Congress, in a joint session, officially proclaimed both Duterte and Robredo as the new President and Vice President of the Philippines, respectively.
Vice President Robredo wore a dress sporting three colors – black, white and peach – instead of her ruling party’s color. Due to such outfit, rumors surfaced that the Bicolana is no longer interested in remaining an LP member. There were also earlier reports stating that she is slowly detaching herself from the controversial faction LP by surrounding herself with untainted administration allies.
However, this was immediately dismissed by Vice President Robredo in a press conference held after the proclamation ceremony.
Vice President Robredo explained that she only has two yellow-colored dress, both of which were not available for use during that day. She added that she only wore what she picked out of her closet that day.
“Maraming-marami akong shirt na dilaw pero ‘yung damit na pwedeng i-opisina, dalawa lang (I have a lot of yellow-colored shirt; however, I only have two yellow dresses that can be worn to the office),” Robredo said.
The Vice President also said that she is trying to steer away from colors that would make her look darker than she already is, given that she is a morena.
The Senate and the House of Representatives gathered at around 3:10 p.m. on Monday and approved the report and resolution of the joint canvassing committee.
President Duterte and Vice President Robredo’s proclamation came only three days after Congress finished the actual canvassing of votes for President and Vice President. This election’s actual canvassing of votes is considered to be the fastest in the history of Philippine elections.