Vice President Leni Robredo is planning to visit US if Hillary Clinton will win the upcoming presidential election, come November 8. This is despite the fact that President Rodrigo Duterte recently announced his separation from US, and is slowly turning towards China. But what are the possible topics that VP Robredo and Mrs. Clinton will talk about?
“First of all, naniniwala ako na bilang isang babae na ibinotong pangalawang pinuno ng isang bansa, marami kaming pagkakapareho ni Gng. Clinton. It will my honor to greet her as the first woman president of America.” VP Leni Robredo told reporters in an ambush interview this Friday in Cagayan when she visited the victims of Super Typhoon ‘Lawin.’
“Pareho kaming ina na nagsakrisipisyo ng oras sa pamilya para lang paglingkuran ang bayang minamahal. Pareho din kaming ang asawa ay minsang naglingkod sa bayan, so tingin ko mas madali kaming magkakapalagayan ng loob, and that’s very important. But of course, I expect na ma-tackle din namin ang relasyon natin sa US.” VP Robredo added.
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And although she was not with President Duterte during his visit in China and has not yet met with him since then, VP Robredo said she does not believe that he meant the ‘separation’ with US in general terms. But still, she said she will take advantage of her meeting with Mrs. Clinton to explain to her what the president really want to convey.
Despite belonging to Liberal Party (LP), which is the opposition party, the widowed vice president also reiterated that she is fully supporting President Duterte’s actions, including his call for a more independent foreign policy. However, the HUDCC chair suggested that Philippines should still maintain its close ties with US, especially in terms of economics.
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VP Robredo did not provide further details on her planned visit to US. Nevertheless, she made it clear that it is not really a state visit. Before she left, one reporter asked her a question she never expected, “Ma’m, but what if Donald Trump wins instead of Hillary Clinton?” The vice president simply smiled and said, “I cannot imagine the scenario.”