President Rodrigo Duterte has urged the opposition to wait for its time following the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo from the Cabinet.
In his speech at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Malacañang grounds Monday (Dec. 5), Duterte said: “So we are nearing the 2017. Tutal ‘yung mga nasa opposition, maghintay lang kayo. Hindi naman…Tutal naghintay na rin sila. So hintayan tayo and you have had your days.”
The President, however, did not say which opposition group he was referring to.
Earlier in the day, Robredo faced the media after tendering her resignation as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). She said she decided to quit after getting an order from Duterte to desist from attending Cabinet meetings.
After breaking away from the administration, there have been calls for Robredo to lead the political opposition, especially since she has been vocal about disagreeing with Duterte’s policies on the hero’s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the reinstatement of death penalty, and the lowering of age of criminal liability, among others.