Vice President Leni Robredo has decided to ignore the recent remark of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, stating that the problem of the country cannot be resolved through insults.
“Ako kasi, ayaw kong sagutin muna iyon kasi hindi ko alam kung gaano kaseryoso. Pero iyong sa akin lang, iyong mga problema ng ating bansa, hindi naman dinadaan sa pagkapikon, hindi naman dinadaan sa pang-iinsulto. Iyong sa akin, parating solusyon iyong hinahanap natin,” Robredo said in an interview in Iloilo when asked to answer on the ‘stingy’ statement of the President on Monday.
“I will surrender my powers to enforce the law, ibigay ko sa Vice President. Ibigay ko sa kanya mga six months. Siya ang magdala. Tignan natin kung ano ang mangyari. Hindi ako makialam. Sige gusto mo? Mas bright ka? Sige. Ikaw. Subukan mo. Madali kasi mag… I’ve been 21 mayors, hindi mo na ako maloko ng ganoon,” Duterte said during his speech before the newly-appointed government officials in Malacañang.
Known for his ‘tactless’ language, Robredo said she is already used to the insults and banters thrown against her by Duterte in the past.
“Sa akin kasi, wala ng value iyong maraming sinasabi, dahil alam naman natin na marami nang sinabi in the past, hindi lang dahil—hindi lang tungkol sa akin—na hindi naman naisasakatuparan. Mas gusto kong i-direct iyong aking energy sa mga bagay na magiging useful ako, gaya ng ginagawa ko dito sa Iloilo,” Robredo said.
Robredo also stressed that public servants like them should not be distracted by their ego.
“Kaming mga naninilbihan sa taumbayan, walang space para sa aming ego, walang space para sa emosyon, walang space para sa pagkapikon, kasi hindi namin magagampanan nang maayos iyong aming trabaho,” she added.
In an interview with international local media outfit Reuters, Robredo made remarks saying that the controversial war on drug campaign of Duterte administration has “been a failure and a dent on the country’s international image.”
On Sunday, Robredo issued a clarification stating that she only called for an assessment on the controversial war on drugs campaign of the government, and not the end of it.
However, she stood on her ground and said that she only asked for the administration to review and assess the strategies needed to administer the controversial campaign which has earned irk and criticism from local and international human rights organizations.
In a statement, Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte was serious when he told reporters that he is ready to appoint Robredo as drug czar.
In 2016, during his campaign, Duterte promised to eradicate the country’s corruption and drug jeopardy in a span of three to six months.
Yet, three more years before his term ends in 2022, the Chief Executive himself admitted that the drug problem in the country has only worsened.