Change is coming! Duterte’s allies warm up to Robredo over Bongbong
Allies of President Rodrigo Duterte are starting to see Vice President Leni Robredo in a better, more positive light as many are not so keen on the prospect of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. having her post.
A sign that winds are shifting in Robredo’s favor is the readiness of some House members to attack Marcos and his sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, on the issue of the province’s alleged misuse of its tobacco excise tax collection.
These politikos are just too happy to pounce on the Marcoses despite their alliance with Duterte.
It doesn’t help Marcos that he’s deeply disliked by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who’s known to have the President’s ear.
Rumblings have also been heard from within the administration over how demanding Marcos has been: asking that he select the head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Manila International Airport Authority.
Prior to making these demands, the losing vice presidential bet reportedly took it upon himself to ask Duterte to appoint him as the new Interior Secretary. The position was not offered to him.
It’s been two months since Marcos and Duterte spoke to each other, and no word has been said about what the former senator’s status in the administration will be.
With some quarters disgruntled about Marcos, there’s little wonder how Robredo became their new apple of the eye.
In light of Duterte’s recent prolonged absence in the public eye, his allies have become more comfortable with the prospect of having Robredo as president than Marcos.