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Magkaibigan kami ni ma’am: Duterte’s remark makes Robredo smile

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A light mood marked the first meeting of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo for 2018.

The two leaders were cordial to each other when they met at the graduation rites of the Philippine Military Academy “Alab Tala” Class of 2018 at Fort Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City.

Duterte shook Robredo’s hand upon meeting her. They were also seated beside each other at the stage.

To dispel rumors that they aren’t on good terms, Duterte told Robredo during his speech: “Magkaibigan man kami ni ma’am.”

Meetings between the two leaders have been less frequent since Robredo resigned as housing chief in December 2016 because she was barred from attending Cabinet meetings.

Robredo recently said that while she would accept another Cabinet post from Duterte should it be offered to her, she does not think it will happen because being the President’s alter ego is a matter of trust.