- Vice President Leni Robredo has called for national unity
- Leni wants to work hand-in-hand with the new president Rodrigo Duterte
- Leni plans to head to the farthest and smallest barangays in first 100 days
The new Vice President Leni Robredo took office after her inauguration at the Quezon City Reception House, formerly known as Boracay Mansion.
In her inaugural speech, Robredo quoted her late husband Jesse about unity saying, “What brings us together as a nation is more powerful than what pulls us apart.”
Some quick witted individuals claimed that this is Robredo’s appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to join hands in leading the country.
The new top leaders of the Philippines are from opposing political parties pitting against each other for national positions. Robredo expressed her desire to meet President Duterte. Even during the elections, Robredo said that she will offer her full support to Duterte.
However, Duterte denied Robredo of holding joint inauguration and did not appoint Robredo to any cabinet positions, which hinted divisiveness in the incoming administration. Many think that this is because of Duterte’s relationship with Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos who ran against Robredo.
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She ended her speech saying, “Sa panahon ng matinding hidwaan, ang pagkakaisa ng bansa ang tanging pag-asa. Iba iba man ang ating pinanggagalingan, iisa ang ating hangarin: na ang bawat pamilyang Pilipino ay mamuhay ng may dangal. Ang sandaling ito ang simula ng sama-samang pagtupad sa hangaring ito.”
Meanwhile, Leni revealed her plans in her first 100 days in office. She said that she will head to the farthest and smallest barangays in the country, adding that she started doing this since she was serving as congresswoman of Naga. Robredo champions the people from the laylayan, which she referred to as her trusted supporters.
Robredo constantly states, even during in her campaign, that her focus is on the grassroots of society. She also expressed her desire to spearhead programs and projects for the poor.
Robredo affirmed that her office is open to everyone. She also asked for support once again and invited them in her office.