Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet members — even those who don’t like her — can attest that she did her work well as housing czar.
At a press conference, Robredo said she was certain her seeming exclusion from Cabinet meetings was not related to her work as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
“Mukhang hindi,” she replied when asked if her and the President’s “irreconcilable differences” included their views on housing.
“Before I went down… tinitingnan ko pa lang yung statements pareho silang nagsasabi na they recognize the good things I did with Housing. Wala silang problema do’n. In fact inextoll nila ‘yung lahat kong ginawa. Kasi i think everyone in the Cabinet, even those na ayaw sa’kin, would say na pinakita ko kung gaano ako kagrabe magtrabaho. Pinakita ko kung gaano ko pinaglaban yung issues patungkol sa housing,” she said.
“So ako i don’t think even the President or anyone in the Cabinet can say na nagkulang ako,” she added.
Robredo, who was offered the Housing portfolio via phone call last July 7, said she would have preferred to remain in her post given the work needed to be done.
However, she said recent events hinted that she may no longer hold the trust of the President.
“‘Yung sa akin, I really serve at the pleasure of the President, so ‘pag nagpakita ng indikasyon ang Presidente na wala na siyang confidence sa akin, tingin ko obligasyon kong umalis kahit ayokong umalis,” she said.
“Kasi kung tatanungin n’yo ‘ko, ayaw ko sanang umalis sa aking posisyon, ngayon pa na nakita ko na kung gaano kalaki yung problema, ngayon pa na kung ano yung kaya kong gawin sa Housing,” she added.
“Pero again hindi ko hawak sa akin ito. Kung binigyan sana ako ng pagkakataon na magawa man lang yung aking gagawin, yun sana yung makakabuti,” she went on.