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It wasn’t easy letting go: Robredo says she wanted to stay but…

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Vice President Leni Robredo would’ve wanted to remain in the Cabinet had she not received an order not to attend Cabinet meetings anymore from President Rodrigo Duterte.

In a press conference Monday (Dec. 5), Robredo said she decided to quit because she believes she could no longer function effectively as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) if she could not attend Cabinet meetings.

“For me, not being able to attend Cabinet meetings makes my prolonged stay as a member of the Cabinet already untenable kasi marami kaming functions na di namin magagawa without the other government agencies,” she said.

“Ako, I want to hold on to it sana kasi ako naman, ang paniniwala ko despite the differences between me and the President, makakapagtrabaho naman ako nang maayos basta suportahan lang [ako]. Pero with this treatment, I don’t think HUDCC will get the support it needs,” the Vice President added.

Robredo said she arrived at the decision to resign Sunday (Dec. 4) after failing to get clarification on Duterte’s order for her not to attend Cabinet meetings from either Secretary to the Cabinet Jun Evasco, who texted her about it the previous day, or Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go.

She said she called up both Evasco and Go to get more details on Duterte’s order but they didn’t pick up.

Despite her resignation, Robredo said she will continue to support the administration’s programs which she agrees with, but oppose which goes against her beliefs.

She also expressed hope that her successor would continue the programs she started in her first five months in office.