Vice President Leni Robredo’s supporters should expect her to be even more critical of some policies of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, her spokesperson assured on Tuesday.
“Makakaasa tayo na ang boses ni VP Leni ay magiging mas malakas tungkol sa mga bagay na hindi rumerespeto sa karapatang pantao lalung lalo na sa mga issue ng EJK (extrajudicial killings),” Robredo’s spokesperson Georgina Hernandez said during an interview on News To Go.
Hernandez said Robredo will continue to oppose Duterte’s push to revive death penalty and the burial of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr. in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
“Kung may mali ay kanya itong pupunahin at kung tama naman ay susuportahan pa rin niya ito,” Hernandez said when asked during the interview if Robredo will now be more open in public as an opposition leader.
In an earlier interview with Unang Balita, Hernandez said that the comment of former senator Bongbong Marcos’ camp following Robredo’s resignation was expected and still part of their efforts of “mind conditioning” to make it appear that the late dictator’s son was robbed of the vice presidency.
“Matagal na rin naman po nilang sinasabi na ‘yung mga ganyang mga kasinungalingan, pagkatapos pa lang ng eleksyon, bahagi ito ng mind conditioning na ginagawa nila sa publiko ukol na rin doon sa protesta na inihain nila sa PET (Presidential Electoral Tribunal),” Hernandez said.
She added: “Yung mga ganoong naging reaksyon mula sa kampo ni Bongbong Marcos ay inaasahan na rin naman po namin ‘yan.”
Marcos’ camp on Monday said Robredo “has shown her true colors” with her resignation as chief of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). It added that the resignation was “long overdue” owing to her “very obvious adversarial attitude and opposite stance” against Duterte’s policies.
“Whether she was fired or she resigned from her post is definitely not the business of former Senator Bongbong Marcos. However we take strong exception to her statement on not letting the vice presidency to be ‘stolen’ from her and the will of the people to be ‘thwarted,'” Marcos’ legal spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said in a statement.
“Such pronouncement is the height of hypocrisy,” he added.
During the interview, Hernandez said that their camp could only speculate on the possible reasons for Duterte’s order to bar Robredo from Cabinet meetings, which led to Robredo’s resignation.
She particularly mentioned Robredo’s strong statements against the burial of the late strongman in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, which was supported by Duterte.
Hernandez, meanwhile, denied that they were sure that Robredo’s performance as Housing Secretary was not the reason for Duterte’s order.
She said that even members of Duterte’s Cabinet acknowledge her accomplishments as Housing Secretary during her five-month tenure as chairperson of HUDCC.
Hernandez also reiterated their camp’s suspicion that the Marcos camp had been informed by an “insider” of Duterte’s order for her to desist from attending Cabinet meetings.
Robredo said in a press conference on Monday afternoon that before she announced her resignation, they monitored “Goodbye, Leni” tweets from the Marcos camp.
Hernandez, however, could not say who among the other members of the Cabinet could have informed the Marcos camp of Duterte’s order.