Incoming vice president Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo reassured the Filipinos of her support for president-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte albeit heavy and numerous criticisms the latter has been receiving from the public.
Leni Robredo said that she is certain that Duterte will uphold the rule of law because of his previous repeated pronouncements.
"I continue to be reassured by the president-elect's repeated assertions that he will uphold rule of law, as well as by his strong record of promoting women's rights during his service as Davao City mayor," Robredo said.
However, the vice president-elect emphasized “the need for constant vigilance and circumspection, to avoid raising any unnecessary concern, particularly over issues as sensitive as the murder of journalists and the treatment of women in our society."
"The Philippines has long played a leading role in the promotion of human rights and the advancement of gender equality. I trust our country's leaders will continue to uphold this honorable legacy in every word and deed," the elected vice president said.
Although Duterte earlier said that he is not to give a cabinet post to Robredo as the latter is the neck-and-neck rival of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, his friend, the vice president-elect said that she is still to give her best in doing her promised duty to the Filipinos, with or without a position, and she respects the decision of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte in forming the cabinet of his new administration.
"Iginagalang natin ang ginawang pagpili ni Pangulong Duterte ng mga taong bubuo ng kanyang Gabinete. Bilang pangulo, nasa kapangyarihan niya ang mamili ng mga taong makakatulong niya sa pagpapatakbo ng pamahalaan," Robredo said.
(We respect the decision of President Duterte in choosing the people forming his Cabinet. As a president, it is in his power to choose the right people who can help him run the government.)
"Subalit may posisyon man o wala, sisikapin kong matupad ang mga pangakong binitiwan ko sa ating mga kababayan sa abot ng aking makakaya," she added.
(But with or without a position, I will give my best to make sure that I fulfill my promises to the Filipinos.)