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Prez Duterte appoints VP Robredo amid trust issue

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte holds a press conference at the MalacaƱan Palace on November 19, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte admitted on Tuesday, Nov. 19, that he does not trust Vice President Leni Robredo.

President Duterte explained that he distrusts Robredo not only because she is a member of the Opposition but also because he does not know her or the people that she talks to,

Hindi ko alam kung sino ang kausap niya noon, kung sinong mga politiko, kung sinong mga tao,” the President said during a media interview at the Malacanang.

The Chief Executive also said that he did not appoint Robredo, as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs, to the Presidential Cabinet because of her recent behavior, which he described as ‘not inspiring’.

Ang problema kay Robredo is this. Right after she was appointed, she began talking publicly about inviting the Human Rights Commission, she was talking to the United Nations, she would want to talk to the European, at marami na siyang pinagsasabi,” President Duterte said.

I cannot appoint her as a Cabinet member. If that is the way her mouth behaves, there can never be a position for her. Kasi kung Cabinet member sana siya you know upon the authority because she would be an alter ego of me,” he added.

The Chief Executive fears that appointing Robredo, a member of the Opposition, to the Presidential Cabinet will jeopardize ‘state secrets’ that includes sensitive information regarding the relationship of Philippines with other countries, particularly with the United States of America and China.

President Duterte stressed that Cabinet members have access to records considered as ‘classified matters’, and they also discuss ‘mundane matters’, ‘day-to-day matters’, ‘security matters’, and ‘critical issues’ during their meetings.

What should I do if those matters are leaked or if it is a good issue in politics,” the President asked.


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