President Rodrigo Duterte turned the tables on Vice President Leni Robredo after she supposedly asked where the Chief Executive was at the height of the typhoons that battered the country this month.
In a televised address Tuesday (November 17), Duterte prodded Robredo about her personal life.
“There was no need for you to make a — make a very masamang biro na, ‘Where were you?’ Kung sabihin ko tuloy sa iyo, what time did you go home?” he said.
“Ikaw noong gabi, anong oras ka umuwi? Isang bahay ka lang ba? Dalawang bahay ka? Tatanong lang ako kasi congressman ka. At kaninong bahay ka natagalan? Iyan ang sabihin ko sa iyo,” Duterte added
Robredo, the wife of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, used to be a congresswoman before she won the 2016 vice presidential race.
Duterte claimed Robredo made a “blunder” and “lied” when she alluded to his absence when Typhoon Ulysses hit the country last week.
“Huwag ka masyadong porma-porma, hindi mo talaga panahon. Hindi mo pa panahon. Not time to be making a grandstanding coming up with… Hindi ninyo alam na nagtatrabaho ako. Na-timingan lang it was a summit and I cannot excuse you for not knowing it. You knew that there was a summit going on and you had the gall to say, ‘Nasaan ang Presidente?’,” he said.
“Kasi alam mo siguro bagyo, I could not make myself available. But you know kung ‘yan ang paradigm mo sa pagtingin mo sa Presidente, sabihin mo nasaan ka Presidente? The storm was all over Luzon. Saan mo ako gustong ilagay doon?” Duterte added.