MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo said yesterday she would no longer exert effort to explain herself to President Duterte even as she lamented that he believed in “false” reports about her, including those stating she was part of a plot to oust him.
Robredo was reacting to Duterte’s recent remark that the Vice President was excluded from Cabinet meetings because she attended protest rallies calling for his ouster.
“Even if I’m very vocal about my opposition, I made a conscious decision not to attend rallies in deference to the President because I’m a member of the Cabinet,” the Vice President said in an interview in Camarines Sur.
Robredo was apparently referring to the rallies against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani last Nov. 18 despite the lack of a final decision from the Supreme Court on the issue.
She attended the Annual Honoring of Martyrs and Heroes in the People’s Resistance to Dictatorship at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani on Nov. 30 but not the protest actions, even as she assailed the surprise burial.
“It’s saddening that he believed the reports he received because many knew that (they were) not true. It’s very easy for him to verify (the reports), why did he believe what is not true?” Robredo said.
The Vice President’s comment was belated as she was in the US with her family for a vacation when the President made the remark. She arrived on Monday.
Robredo said she would no longer seek to personally explain to the President, adding that “it’s hard not to be trusted.”
“The Cabinet post is a position of confidence. You should have the full trust of the President but if that is the case, when he no longer trusts me, what’s the point of staying?” she said.
Robredo, however, said she remained committed to supporting the administration’s good initiatives, such as helping the victims of calamities.