- President Rodrigo Duterte earlier announced that he is not going to give Vice President Leni Robredo any cabinet post
- The reason behind this is his friendship with Robredo’s rival, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos
- Robredo no longer hopes for a cabinet seat
Vice President Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo stated anew that she is prepared not to have any Cabinet position under the present administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Hindi na siguro. Ako naman, nakakasa na na hindi ako bibigyan. Handa na rin naman ako na wala,” Robredo told the members of the media on Saturday.
(I am no longer expecting for a cabinet seat. I know that I won’t be given one. I am prepared for it.)
Vice President Robredo, accompanied by her staff and the members of the Presidential Security Group, rode on a commercial bus and arrived in Naga City to join an inaugural ceremony.
Robredo said that a Cabinet position is only a bonus for her. “Kung wala, ready na din tayo,” she added.
(If none will be given, we are ready.)
Robredo also plans to establish satellite offices other than the Executive House in Quezon City, which shall serve as both her office and official residence and to request a budget for it.
“Pero mahahanapan naman iyan ng paraan. Ayoko naman kasing hintayin pa na magkaroon ng budget, na maraming umaasa sa tulong natin,” the vice-president said.
(But we will search for ways. I do not want to wait to have a budget since there are already people expecting our help.)
Robredo, known for taking a public bus each time she goes back home, said that “Actually kahit hindi ako nag-bus ganoon rin. Mayroon silang required na parang number ng kasama. So noong nalaman ko nga na ganoon rin, sabi ko baka mas mabuti pang mag-bus tuloy para mas tipid.”
(Actually, it’s just the same even if I don’t take the bus. They have a required number to join me in my trips. So when I knew that, I said it’s better to take the bus because it is cheaper.)
She said that her trips to and from Naga would be limited now because they are costly.
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