Duterte personally confronted Robredo on ouster rallies: Bakit mo ako gusto paalisin?
President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that he personally confronted Vice President Leni Robredo on her attendance in rallies seeking his ouster.
‘Well, nung makita ko siya doon sa gate, hindi ko naman siya pwede tanungin.. ito Leni wag kang magalit, istorya lang ito. Istorya lang. ‘Uy, bakit ka nandyan.. bakit mo ako gusto paalisin? Magkasama tayo sa opisina. Magkaharap nga tayo.’ So, first to hit ako,” said Duterte in an interview with TV 5’s Luchi Cruz-Valdes.
Duterte felt that it “incongruous” that Robredo would actively participate in demonstrations seeking his ouster for allowing the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and face him during Cabinet meetings like nothing happened.
“Ang problema ko kay Leni, makikita ko pa siya sa ‘down with Duterte.. oust Duterte.’ Then kapag two weeks after mag-Cabinet meeting kami magkaharap.. magkaharap kami kasi Vice President siya eh. So don’t you think this is a little bit of incongruity here? What do you think?” said Duterte.
The President was referring to Robredo’s attendance on Nov. 30 at a Bantayog ng mga Bayani event honoring martial law victimd as the real heroes who deserve a place at the Libingan.
Robredo resigned as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council after Duterte told her in a message relayed through Presidential Special Assistant Bong go and Executive Secetary Salvador Medialdea that he didn’t want to see her face in the Cabinet meetings starting Dec. 5.
Duterte said that he had the best intention when he personally called Robredo to invite her to join his Cabinet last July because even though she came from a different party, he didn’t want her to be just a “decorative or jobless.”
“Sabi ko bigyan ko yung posisyon na busy talaga and a productive position. Ako, nagmagandang loob naman, and also because I think it was really a valid criticism, na why don’t you just get this girl into the, no not into the wagon. And right with the—e di tinawagan ko sabi ma’am, so I saw the rationale and it was a good one. But you might as well, you know, utilized the expertise. She’s a lawyer,” said Duterte.