Senator Risa Hontiveros finally breaks her silence on the resignation of Vice President Robredo as chief of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). Being a fellow Liberal Party (LP) member, the neophyte senator said she is supporting VP Robredo leaving the cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte. Below is her official statement.
“I fully support Vice President Leni Robredo’s decision to resign from President Rodrigo Duterte’s cabinet. It was an abusive and toxic relationship, after all.” Sen. Risa Hontiveros wrote on Facebook this Monday, December 5, the same day that VP Robredo submitted her resignation letter. Malacañang insisted that she voluntarily resigned, and was not fired.
“From the start, Vice President Robredo was not given enough support to fully exercise her task as the HUDCC Chairperson. As if by design, she was intended to fail. Worse, as a woman, she was disrespected and objectified on many occasions, by no less than the President himself. Her way of dressing was made object of sexist remarks.” She added.
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Sen. Hontiveros said sending a text to VP Robredo not to attend future cabinet meetings is “intolerably disrespectful,” considering the weight of her position in the Duterte cabinet. And although the senator said she understand that President Duterte can remove any cabinet member he thinks is not incapable, she said they have “irreconcilable differences.”
“I also worry that a Cabinet where a healthy divergence of opinion is not allowed is just an old boys’ club. This demonstrates once more President Duterte’s intolerance for dissent…I am confident that the public is behind the Vice President too. The people will more than make up for the support President Duterte and his Cabinet failed to give her.” She noted.
Official Statement of Sen. Risa Hontiveros on VP Leni Robredo’s Resignation as HUDCC Chief; Credit: Senator Risa Hontiveros Facebook
VP Leni Robredo’s resignation letter; Credit: Leni Robredo Facebook
In a statement on her official Facebook page this Sunday, VP Leni Robredo said she received a text message from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, Jr.. According to her, President Duterte instructed her through presidential executive assistant Bong Go, telling her “to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, December 5.”