- Vice President Leni Robredo urges everyone to give their support to the Duterte administration
- Robredo says she is positive that the partnership will have good outcome despite Duterte’s reluctance to meet her
- VP Robredo says the time is too short to fight with each other
VP Robredo said at the Tapatan sa Aristocrat forum on Monday, July 04, that the number one responsibility of Filipinos is to support the Duterte administration.
Despite President Duterte’s “friendship” with VP Leni’s close electoral rival Senator Bongbong Marcos, the Vice President still holds on to what she said even before the inauguration about being there to support President Duterte as his Vice president.
VP Leni acknowledged “the viciousness” of the May 9 elections and said, "As the Vice President, I believe that the number one responsibility now is to help rally everyone behind the new administration."
The vice president considers their term too short considering all the work that has to be done.
"Hindi po tayo makaka-afford na mag-away-away," she said. (We cannot afford to fight with each other.)
She stresses that division in the administration will not only be detrimental in the positions that they held but also that of the entire country as it defeats the purpose of them being in position.
She calls for a united support not only for the President himself but more so for the entire Filipino nation. The president refused to give her a post in the Cabinet, a fact which VP Robredo had nothing against.
Duterte had said on May 31: "You know why? I don't want to hurt the feelings of Bongbong Marcos. He is my friend. That is the political reality." This statement shocked everyone considering that Marcos was not his running mate.
But despite all these, she still expresses her support for Duterte which was delivered before her scheduled meeting with the president, the audience applauded as she declared her support for the long-time mayor who her party leader and former president Noynoy Aquino campaigned against.
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During the change of command ceremony at the Armed Forces of the Philippines, President Duterte and Vice President Robredo shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.
This shaking of hands marks the first of the many meetings of the president and the vice president for the next six years. - RY, Kami Media