Vice President Leni Robredo makes evening news rounds

By | Tuesday, December 06, 2016

On the day following her announcement that she would resign from the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo made the evening news rounds, appearing on 24 Oras and TV Patrol.

Robredo, who held a press conference Monday afternoon, talked about her decision to quit as housing secretary of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), as well as the ouster plot against her.

When asked by Mike Enriquez what her next move would be now that she's out of the Cabinet, Robredo said she would be focusing her attention on projects under the Office of the Vice President, such as its flagship anti-poverty program Angat Buhay.

"Ako naman, aside from my work with HUDCC, mayroon na kaming nakakasang flagship program dito sa OVP. Ito naikasa na namin ito bago pa ako na-appoint sa HUDCC. Mayroon kaming Angat Buhay program," she said. "Ito 'yung five-point anti-poverty program namin on education, health, hunger and food security, and rural development tsaka women empowerment."

She added: "Ngayong wala na ako sa HUDCC, kinausap ko 'yung aming team. Naidagdag na namin na pang-anim na pillar 'yung housing kasi parang hindi ko siya maiiwan. Nakikita ko nang napakalaki ng problema ng sektor. Nakita ko na 'yung lahat ng pwedeng magawa. Gusto ko kahit wala na ako sa HUDCC, gawin ko pa rin siyang adbokasiya."

Asked by Noli De Castro about the alleged plot to oust her as vice president, Robredo said that there have been a series of events which confirmed her belief that there is indeed a plot to unseat her.

"Alam niyo marami na kasing senyales na talagang 'yung kampo ni Bongbong Marcos ginagawa 'yung lahat para matanggal tayo dito," she said. "Marami na ang nag-wawarn sa amin. Mayroon nang mga indications in the past."

Pressed repeatedly as to whether she has any ambitions to become president, Robredo, like in her previous interviews, said she has no plans on running for an even higher post.

Wala naman akong ambisyon, alam niyo naman 'yun," she said. "Mas mabuti po siguro sila [Marcos' camp] 'yung tanungin.

Robredo on Sunday revealed that she received a text message from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, Jr., relaying Duterte's instruction, through Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go, for her “to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings” beginning December 5.

"This is the last straw, because it makes it impossible for me to perform my duties. Hence, I am tendering my resignation from the Cabinet on Monday, December 5, 2016," she said in a statement. "With this resignation, you can expect that I will continue to support the positive initiatives of this administration and oppose those that are inimical to the people’s interest."

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