- Vice President Leni Robredo revealed that President Rodrigo Duterte has asked her to help him in doing his job
- Duterte also asked Robredo to visit him more frequently in Malacañang so that they can work together
- Robredo was impressed with Duterte’s warmth, friendliness and gentlemanly manners during their meeting
Although she was still not given a Cabinet post, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo was told by President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte during her visit in Malacañang to help him in performing his duties and responsibilities for the country.
“Please assist me in my job,” Duterte told Robredo before their meeting ended.
The vice president added that Duterte was kind and friendly during their meeting last Monday. She also revealed that Duterte told her to visit him more frequently.
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“Visit me more often because you are part of this administration. It’s better that you are also informed of the country’s situation,” the president told Robredo.
As a sign of mutual respect, Duterte even escorted Robredo as she went outside the Palace and went inside her service vehicle.
According to Robredo, the friendly meeting between the country’s two top executives can help heal the disunity among the Filipino people which escalated during the election.
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“Our image alone that we are friends will appease many troubled minds. I hope the feuds between our supporters will be reduced. This is important moving forward,” said Robredo.
Robredo added that she expressed to Duterte her full support for his administration whether she will be given a Cabinet post or not.
During their meeting, Duterte and Robredo talked about the changes in their lives after winning the elections, particularly about the difficulty in adjusting to security protocols. Robredo also expressed her appreciation for Duterte’s good-natured and gentlemanly manners, even calling her “ma’am” during their encounter.
The vice president also pointed out the similarities between her and the president, explaining that both of them felt reluctant in joining the election but were moved to do so because of their love for serving the country.