Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that Vice President Leni Robredo attempted to join the Cabinet of the Duterte administration again, several days before the latter announced her intention to lead the opposition.
Roque made the revelation after the opposition’s move to boost their popularity and push Robredo to become their leader.
The spokesperson wished that Robredo already know his role in the government after she chose to lead the opposition.
“Sinabi naman namin eh importante rin ang oposisyon sa demokrasya. Pero good luck po, at sana po ay malinaw na ang papel ni Leni Robredo dahil nitong kailan lamang po eh parang nag-a-apply muli siya sa gabinete ni Presidente. So, ngayon at least mayroon na siyang desisyon na sa oposisyon na siya at hindi na siya umaasa na makapasok muli dito sa gabinete ng ating Pangulo,” ani Roque.
Roque didn’t disclose what position did Robredo was seeking in the Cabinet.
As of writing Robredo is not yet releasing a statement on the claim of the Palace.
In 2016, Vice President Leni Robredo was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUCC), but she decided to resign after she was barred by the administration to attend Cabinet meetings.
President Rodrigo Duterte also said yesterday that the Vice President is “incompetent” to lead the Philippines, the harshest statement that the chief executive threw against Robredo.
In response, Robredo urged the Duterte to solve the problem in the economy instead of criticizing her.
Some netizens believe that this move of Robredo is connected to the upcoming 2019 elections and the opposition is moving to get a leader that would match Duterte.