Vice President Leni Robredo is now being said to have plans of leaving Liberal Party (LP), to show that she is really supporting President Rodrigo Duterte. This is after she recently met with Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald Bato dela Rosa, and made the traditional Duterte fist gesture with him and other Duterte supporters.
On the same event, VP Robredo was wearing an orange polo instead of yellow, the color of LP. Apparently, this is not the first meeting of the vice president and the tough PNP chief. Last July, Robredo first met PNP Bato dela Rosa in person in Malacañang after she took oath as HUDCC ( Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council) chairperson.
But while we cannot confirm the source of VP Robredo’s alleged plan to leave LP, she made a clear statement about the recent testimony of Edgar Matobato, the 57-year old self-confessed member of the so-called DDS (Davao Death Squad) who appeared on the Senate hearing on reported extrajudicial killings in Davao, when President Duterte was still the city mayor.
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“Yung sa akin lang, masyadong seryoso kasi ang paratang … sana i-take natin iyon with a grain of salt. Kasi hindi rin natin alam kung totoo ang sinasabi o hindi. Kaya sinabi ko doon sa statement na inilabas ko kahapon na kailangan maging vigilant tayo, maging very discerning,” VP Robredo told reporters this Friday, when she was asked about Matobato’s allegations.
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That time, VP Robredo also admitted that she was offended by Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano’s statement, saying that Motabato’s testimony is just part of the plan to impeach President Duterte, so she can sit as the new president. The vice president noted that she has assured the president that she will fully support the projects of the Duterte administration.
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Based on the rules of the LP, the highest elected official will automatically be its head. But last July, VP Robredo said she is hesitant to accept the position, noting that she prefers to be a nominal head of LP. As of posting, she has not yet commented on her alleged plan of leaving LP, and to eventually transfer to PDP-Laban, President Duterte’s political party.