Desperado na! Robredo slams House proposal removing VP in line of succession
Vice President Leni Robredo slammed the draft constitution at the House of Representative that removes her from the line of succession in a transition government, calling it a desperate move to push her away from power.
Speaking to reporters in Bacolod City, Robredo reiterated that it is her constitutional mandate to take over the presidency if the president is unable to carry on his duties.
“Parang masyado naman yatang desperado. Lahat na lang iniisip kung paano ako matanggal,” she said. “Narinig natin ‘yong ibang mga kongresista, na hindi nila alam na may ganoong probisyon. Parang nilusot lang talaga siya.”
“Ang mandato ng Pangalawang Pangulo, na kung merong mangyari, siya ‘yong hahalili. Kung aalisin mo ‘yong mandatong ‘yon, ano ‘yong matitira?” she added.
She also scored Leyte lawmaker Vicente Veloso, who heads the House committee on constitutional amendments, after the latter said that the provision was placed in the proposal because it is uncertain who the vice president is, pertaining to the electoral protest filed by Bongbong Marcos against Robredo.
The Vice President pointed out that Veloso himself had been the subject of an electoral protest in the last elections.
“Medyo nakakatawa ‘yong statement ni Congressman Veloso, ‘yong chairman, na kaya daw nila ‘yong inilgaya kasi hindi daw alam kung sino talaga ‘yong vice president dahil sa protest case… Ipapaalala ko lang sa kaniya na ako, ‘yong lamang ko kay Mr. Marcos, more than 200,000. Siya, ‘yong lamang niya sa eleksyon, less than 100,” she said.
“Meron ding protest laban sa kaniya. Gusto bang sabihin dapat sana before natapos ‘yong protest case, ‘wag muna siyang umupo bilang congressman, at hindi muna niya puwedeng gawin ‘yong mandato niya dahil merong protest?” she added.