Cayetano’s move to snub Robredo in favor of Arroyo a clear violation of protocols – de Lima
Detained Sen. Leila de Lima felt sorry for Vice President Leni Robredo who was “sidelined” during the country’s hosting of the 21st ASEAN Summit.
She deplored the “curious role” given by the Duterte administration to Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in hosting ASEAN delegates in the absence of President Rodrigo Duterte in “violation of diplomatic protocols.”
Arroyo welcomed and hosted a formal dinner for Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi when they arrived on November 11.
She also spoke before the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, where she extolled the coming of the Chinese era where China purportedly will lay down its own rules as the new world leader.
“It appears that in lieu of the duly-elected Vice-President Leni Robredo, who was sidelined by the administration from the ASEAN events, the government chose in her stead former President Arroyo, for reasons only (Foreign) Secretary (Alan Peter) Cayetano and the protocol officers of the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) could fathom,” De Lima said.
She said that Arroyo is known to be instrumental in the 2016 electoral victory of Duterte, and in exchange, the political conditions were set for the premature dismissal of her plunder indictment by her own Supreme Court appointees.
“The payback does not seem to end anytime soon, as the former President with a checkered record of corruption, plunder, and — like Duterte — selling off the country to China in graft-ridden deals and lopsided joint exploration schemes in the Spratlys, continues to figure prominently in this administration, even ushered to take the place of the Vice-President in clear violation of diplomatic protocols,” she said.