Robredo her difficult situation in the Duterte administration : “ I’d rather keep my peace”

Vice president Maria Leonor Robredo explains her situation in the Duterte administration.

The Vice President has opened up on the media as to why it seems she has been very quite for the past few months. Controversial issues have been hurled against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and only her allies in the opposition has been very vocal about it.

 Could it be a sign of change specially since the Supreme Court has already started deliberating the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.? or its just a political strategy employed by the Liberal party.

Robredo explains her answer to this question and says she would rather “keep my peace” and pick her appropriate battles than to her the wrath of the supporters of the President who would accuse her of always trying to unseat Rodrigo Roa Duterte in Malacañang palace.

Other prominent opposition personalities like detained senator Leila de Lima, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno of the Supreme Court, can openly and repeatedly attack the policies of the President. Robredo feels in an akward position in opposing the policies of the President.

“When you voice out your dissent, it seems the interpretation is always because you stand to benefit. So for me, as long as it’s not absolutely necessary, I keep my peace,” the Liberal Party (LP) chair said.

“For me, I try to hold my horses if it’s not too necessary. Because I’m the Vice President, everything I say is given political color. When I say things, some will say I can’t wait to replace the President.”

“And it’s unfortunate because when you voice out your dissent, it’s because you want certain things happening to change, or certain things happening to stop. It’s not because you want to oust the President,” she added.  *

Some quarters were expecting the Vice President to present her views as well as oppositions in the last months controversial issues, like the extension of martial law in Mindanao, Mr. Duterte’s sexist remarks against women (shooting them in the vagina), and Malacañang’s move to ban a Rappler reporter Pia Ranada.

The last time the public was very vocal was when she criticized the administration war on drugs which resulted to her video recording which was submitted in the United Nations and two impeachment complaints in the House of Representatives, both of which were not endorsed by lawmakers.

She was appointed by the President to chair the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council portfolio ,but a few months after she resigned from being its chair. In the CNN Philippines exclusive she considers herself “very unfortunate” in the midst of all this things though she understands that any member of the cabinet of the President, as an alter ego of the Chief Executive, should have his full trust.
It’s difficult if you don’t have that,” VP Robredo said.

Source: Inquirer

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