MANILA, Philippines—Vice President Leni Robredo is being solid because the antagonist to President Rodrigo Duterte’s position because the nation’s final hope, an outline made throughout the 2016 presidential marketing campaign, by Duterte himself.
This casting made by Duterte and his sycophants is widening the hole additional between the comfortable spoken vice chairman and the brash, typically vulgar president.
That Robredo has been put in a troublesome state of affairs is an understatement.
She’s been appointed to the Cabinet, sacked, appointed once more, sacked once more however principally blamed for the hostility that Duterte reveals her.
For Duterte and his minions, Robredo couldn’t blame anybody else for the way Duterte is treating her however herself.
When she mentioned in an interview aired on ANC that she wouldn’t want upon Duterte the therapy she is getting from him, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque was fast to show the gun on the vice chairman.
“I will not treat him the way he treated me because I don’t think it is in the best interest of the people that the President and the Vice President are fighting,” Robredo mentioned within the interview in reference to a state of affairs the place she is president and Duterte her vice chairman.
No unhealthy phrases towards Duterte, no condemnation.
But Roque was fast to tug the set off. He mentioned Robredo introduced Duterte’s hostility upon herself when she determined to guide dissent towards the President. This, Roque mentioned, turned Robredo right into a “decoration.”
There was no mistreatment by Duterte of his vice chairman, Roque mentioned.
It is troublesome to hint the foundation of the indignant and insulting phrases that Duterte and his minions throw on the path of Robredo. Her comfortable spoken critique of the administration was by no means recognized to make use of expletives or perhaps a direct reference to Duterte.
Robredo isn’t in any respect main dissent. She has been taking mild steps to point out Duterte that she isn’t a risk.
Roque harked again to the times Robredo was a member of the Cabinet as chair of the federal government’s Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), a place she stop after she was requested to not attend Cabinet conferences.
Robredo mentioned that if the President runs and wins as vice chairman, she hoped that he won’t expertise what she went via. “There were many missed opportunities, that if we had many chances to work together, we might have accomplished a lot.”
The actual rating
In December 2016, 5 months after attempting to put aside her variations with the President to take care of knowledgeable working relationship and to work successfully regardless of the constraints, Robredo resigned as housing chair, saying “no one can say that I didn’t give it my all.”
During her quick stint on the housing sector, crimson tape was lower, low-cost housing was constructed for no less than 46,000 households and no less than 17,000 properties had been constructed for survivors of Yolanda, the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in 2013 and which left a path of destruction unprecedented within the historical past of storms within the Philippines.
As Robredo plodded on in housing, she was requested to desist from attending Cabinet conferences based mostly on the directions of the President which have been relayed by then Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco.
Two years after that, Duterte designated Robredo as head of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) alongside the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief then, Aaron Aquino.
Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, the presidential spokesperson in 2019, mentioned the place gave the vice chairman oversight perform over drug enforcement businesses and places of work, together with the PDEA, the Dangerous Drugs Board and the Philippine National Police.
But lower than a month after working in the course of an environment of mistrust by Duterte and his males and threats that she can be fired if she helped international investigations into Duterte’s bloody anti-drug marketing campaign, Robredo was faraway from ICAD.
The obstacles Robredo confronted didn’t solely revolve round her relationship with Duterte, however was felt by the Office of the Vice President (OVP) which, for years, has been getting the bottom share of the nationwide finances.
In 2016, the OVP had P500 million, but it surely declined to P428.62 million in 2017. The subsequent yr, her workplace had P543.95 million.
In 2019, the OVP had P671.55 million, increased than the P549 million it proposed. In 2020, it had P708.01 million.
The following yr, because the OVP displayed its dedication to serve Filipinos badly hit by the well being disaster, lawmakers sought the next fund for Robredo’s workplace, however regardless of their calls, the OVP had the smallest slice of the 2021 finances – P679.74 million, too small if in comparison with the over P8 billion given to the Office of the President.
Robredo, since 2016, discovered herself on the receiving finish of the President’s outrageous remarks, together with these echoed by his fanatics and different authorities officers.
Recently, the President hit Robredo for criticizing the federal government’s COVID vaccination program.
“That’s the hard thing about you, you want to be relevant,” Duterte mentioned, addressing himself to Robredo.
“Sometimes, you make an idiotic stance. Like ‘They deserve the best.’ You’re a son of. Why me? I would give them the worst? You should die. I will not leave the front liners and you do not need to really be redundant about it,” he mentioned.
Robredo was additionally a sufferer of many online assaults, together with these via the Twitter hashtag #LeniLeaks, which featured an article of rabid pro-Duterte blogger Thinking Pinoy linking Robredo to alleged conversations about the best way to help the Duterte Resign motion.
Lawyer Barry Gutierez, Robredo’s spokesperson, mentioned “literally every day, her page, her posts and posts about her, are flooded with comments from trolls.”
In 2017, a University of Oxford research mentioned that round P10 million was spent to rent trolls to unfold propaganda for Duterte and goal his critics.
The research mentioned that the President’s staff of 400 to 500 cyber troops publish pro-government feedback and work together with dissenters via harassment, however Malacañang repeatedly denied involvement within the troll battalions.
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