HIGHLIGHT: During a press conference in Cebu, vice presidential candidate and Camarines Sur 3rd district representative Leni Robredo expressed her views regarding the possibility of working under Rodrigo Duterte if they both win.
After the infamous statement made by Duterte regarding the 1989 rape of the Australian missionary in Davao, Robredo felt that it will be hard to work with the presidential candidate seeing that they have different views on issues especially about women.
"It might be harder to work. The VP should be the support of the president. If your beliefs on important issues are different, it will be very difficult," she said.
As a human rights lawyer, Robredo has seen up close the violence and trauma that comes along with rape. This made her stand firm in saying that rape is never to be taken lightly or used as a joke.
"Hindi magandang halimbawa ang ipinapakita natin sa kabataan kapag ang isang napakabigat na krimen tulad ng panggagahasa ay ginagawang katawa-tawa," the congresswoman said.
"Kaming mga lingkod bayan ay dapat maging huwaran ng taumbayan."
(It is not a good example to children if a crime like rape is turned into a laughing matter. As public servants, we should serve as role models of the public.)
Duterte still ranks first in recent surveys, while Robredo is almost head to head with Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr for VP.
This definitely presents the possibility of her working under Duterte after the elections. Robredo is very vocal that she will definitely prefer her running mate Mar Roxas but welcomes the idea of working hard together with Duterte even if difficulties may arise.
"I will still be working very hard...[Kung] anong level of commitment na kaya kong ibigay kay Secretary Mar, pini-pledge kong ibibigay sa kanya. Walang bawas din dapat ang level of co mmitment ang pini-pledge ko whoever will it be should I win as VP," Robredo quipped.
(Whatever level of commitment I could give to Secretary Mar, I pledge to give the same level of commitment to whoever it will be should I win as VP.)