VP Robredo Admits Talking to Noynoy, Mar Roxas Before Resigning, Plans LP Meeting January 2017

Vice President Leni Robredo admitted this Saturday, December 10 she talked with former president Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III and former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas before she officially resigned as Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chief last Monday. She noted that she will meet them again this coming January 2017.

“Hindi pa kami nakaupo para pag-usapan ang detalye pero nakausap ko sila na may desisyon na ako ang we will announce it to the public.” VP Robredo told reporters in Laguna, where she attended the 30th anniversary of celebration of microfinance organization Card-MRI. Nevertheless, she did not disclose when the meeting has happened.

“Siguro to discuss with them. Sana magkaroon ng pagkakataon na makaupo nang sabay-sabay.” The vice president added, noting that she hopes Liberal Party (LP) President Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan will set a meeting among the top officials of their political party early January next year. Mar Roxas was her running mate in the last 2016 elections.

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And although VP Robredo did not reveal the possible topics to be discussed, she said that it will include LP’s plans after she resigned from the Duterte cabinet. However, the vice president reiterated that she has no ambition to become president, and that there is no plan to oust President Duterte from office, despite their “irreconcilable differences.”

“Because he (President Duterte) has the mandate, it is our obligation to support him. However, it is also our obligation to call his attention on policies that we think are wrong,” Robredo noted, who was recently assured by the president to finish her 6-year term despite the pending electoral protest by former senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos.

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VP Robredo has been very vocal in opposing the hero’s burial of the late-president Ferdinand Marcos (Bongbong Marcos’ father). Recently, she said she described herself as the unifying voice of the opposition, and that she might join street protests against Marcos burial, extrajudicial killings (EJKs) and other issues against the Duterte administration.

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