MANILA– Malacanang on Sunday wished Vice President Maria Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo to continue her unhampered service to the nation despite her decision to tender resignation as member of the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte.
”The Vice President has served our people for many years in various capacities and we wish her to continue this unhampered service to the nation to the best of her abilities,” said Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar in a press statement.
Robredo announced on Sunday that she will tender resignation as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) on Monday.
Andanar said the Palace has yet to receive the official letter of resignation of Robredo.
He said ‘recent events’ showed the differences between President Duterte and the Vice President “as becoming irreconcilable and public.”
”A member of the Cabinet enjoys the full trust and confidence of the President for he or she acts as the President’s alter ego. Having said this, the President entrusted the Vice President, whom we all know came from a rival political party, a position in his official family in deference to the wishes of our people who want both leaders to work together and succeed,” Andanar explained.
”As a Cabinet member, the Vice President is expected to be a team player where differences in policies and issues are discussed during Cabinet meetings. The President in turn respects any decision agreed upon by his Cabinet,” he added.
In her press statement, Robredo said she received a text message last Saturday from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco Jr. relaying the President’s instruction through Special Assistant to the President Bong Go for her to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting Dec. 5.
Robredo clarified that since she assumed HUDCC post, she has been consistent in opposing several issues such as burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and reinstating death penalty.
”This is the last straw, because it makes it impossible for me to perform my duties. Hence, I am tendering my resignation from the Cabinet on Monday, December 5, 2016,” she said.
The Vice President, however, promised to support the positive initiatives of the administration and oppose “those that are inimical to the people’s interest.”