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No comment! Malalaki na sila. Escudero refuses to meddle in Duterte, Robredo word war


Senator Chiz Escudero does not want to be caught in the “crossfire” between President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo.

The President recently said that Robredo is not worthy to replace him should he decides to resign because she is “incompetent.”

Robredo declined to comment on the President’s tirade. She simply said that Mr. Duterte must focus on fixing the economy instead.

Asked to comment on Mr. Duterte’s rant against Robredo, Escudero said, “Ayoko na pasukan nag away nila, masyadong mataas na lebel na ‘yun.”

“Masyadong mababa ang lebel ko. Kaya na nila ipagtanggol ang isat isa,” Escudero said in a media forum.

“Ayokong pasukan ang away nila. It’s a matter of opinion ‘yun sa panig ni President Duterte at di naman papayag ang supporters nila VP (Robredo),” he said.

Escudero added, “Nasa kada tao ‘yan kung panghahawakan ang sinasabi ng pangulo.”

Pressed to assess Robredo’s accomplishments for the past two years, Esudero said, “Mahirap husgahan dahil wala namang ibinigay na opisina at malaking pondo sa kanya.”

“Hindi basehan kung may nagawa o walang nagawa dahil wala namang ubinigay sa kanyang poder. Walang anomalya sa kanyang opisina. Sapat na basehan na ‘yun,” he added.

Senator Kiko Pangilinan said two years since she’s been elected, Robredo has “focused her attention on helping the poor help themselves.”

“Without a Cabinet position, she has marshalled partners from the private sector to extend P252-million worth of aid for 155,000 families through her Angat Buhay program,” he said.

“Vice President Leni has shown her competence through compassionate, empowering, and responsible leadership,” he said.

Pangilinan said that the President’s remarks “are unfortunate, given that they are untrue, and more so because they digress from the core issues that hound Filipinos every day.”

“Rice prices increased by 5 pesos a kilo when the President promised to bring it down to 15 pesos. The prices of goods and services have risen by 5.2%, the highest in nine years,” he said.

“And out on the streets, our citizens are subject to kotong, threatened with arrest or harm, while the Chinese poachers who mistreat our fishermen are treated with kid gloves,” he added.