‘Great loss’: Lawmakers react to Robredo resignation from Cabinet


MANILA, Philippines – Several lawmakers expressed support for Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday, December 4, after she announced her decision to quit as President Rodrigo Duterte’s housing czar.

Robredo said she failed to get support for housing initiatives, and it was “the last straw” when Duterte ordered her to stop attending Cabinet meetings starting Monday, December 5.

Both Robredo and Malacañang officials also cited “differences” between the President and the Vice President.

While she is stepping down as housing czar, Robredo vowed that she would “not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen,” amid an alleged plot to oust her. (READ: Full text of Robredo’s statement)

Below are the reactions of several lawmakers to Robredo’s resignation from the Duterte Cabinet. This page will be updated as more statements come in.

Senator Francis Pangilinan:

We are saddened by this latest development. We believe the Vice President should have been treated with greater respect. Nakakalungkot ang mga pangyayari. Hindi sana nauwi sa ganitong hidwaan kung binigyan ng kaukulang respeto at sapat na pagkilala ng Administrasyon ang Pangalawang Pangulo.

Sinusuportahan natin ang kanyang pasya matapos sabihan na huwag nang dumalo sa Cabinet meetings. Katulad niya, tayo ay hindi pabor sa paglagak ng mga labi ng isang diktador sa Libingan ng mga Bayani, sa pagbalik ng death penalty, sa pagkulong sa mga batang nagkakasala kasama ang mga matatanda, at sa pambabastos sa kababaihan.

Dagdag pa rito, ang pagkaltas ng P19 billion sa budget ng housing ay direktang makakaapekto sa programa ng pabahay lalo na para sa kapos-palad nating mga kababayan.

Ngayon, mas kailangan natin ang suporta ng mga nagmamahal sa ating demokrasya. Umaandar ang mga pwersang gustong ibalik ang mga Marcos sa kapangyarihan. Hindi natin ito papayagan.

 

source : rappler

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