MANILA - The camp of Vice President-elect Leni Robredo on Wednesday said she will perform her duties as vice president, with or without a Cabinet post.
Speaking to reporters, Robredo's spokesperson Georgina Hernandez said they understand why President-elect Rodrigo Duterte does not want to appoint her in his Cabinet.
"Tungkol po doon sa nasabi ni President-elect Duterte na hindi mabibigyan ng posisyon sa gabinete si Vice President-elect Robredo, ito po ay nauunawaan ng kampo namin dahil alam naman natin na karapatan at kapangyarihan ng pangulo na piliin kung sino ang kanyang magiging gabinete," she said.
She added that Robredo will do her best as vice president regardless of Duterte's decision.
"Para naman kay Vice President-elect Robredo, mabigyan man o hindi ng posisyon ay gagawin parin niya ang kanyang adbokasiya sa pagpuksa ng kahirapan at pagsisigurado na ang ating pamahalaan ay mapalapit sa taong bayan," Hernandez said.
Hernandez said Robredo is not saddened by the importance Duterte gives to his friendship with defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr.
"Hindi naman po ito dinadamdam ni Vice President-elect Robredo at tatanggapin niya kung anoman ang maging desisyon ni President-elect Duterte tungkol sa bagay na ito," she also said.
For Hernandez, it is still to early to say that Robredo will play a small role in the Duterte administration, given that Robredo has yet to have a meeting with Duterte.
"Siguro sa panahon ngayon napaka-presumptive kung sabihin natin na maliit ang binibigay na kapangyarihan o posisyon kay Vice President-elect Robredo dahil alam naman natin na noong Lunes pa lamang naganap ang proklamasyon at bagong bago pa lamang, hindi pa sila nagkakaroon ng pagkakataon mag-usap. Bigyan natin nang kaunting panahon na mag-usap ang ating incoming President at Vice President," she said.
"Sa mga susunod na araw mas magiging malinaw sa atin kung ano ang gagampanan niyang trabaho at responsibilidad sa papasok na administrasyon," Hernandez added.
Hernandez said they are still trying to get an appointment with Duterte for the two sides to talk.
She also said they are still hoping that Robredo will be given an active role in the Duterte administration.
Hernandez, however, added that even if Robredo is not appointed to a Cabinet position, the vice president-elect can still serve the public even if her office will have limited funds.
Meanwhile, Senator Koko Pimentel, head of PDP-Laban, said Duterte is "under no obligation" to give a Cabinet position to Robredo.
Senator Sonny Angara, on the other hand, said in a statement that he is hopeful Duterte will eventually assign Robredo to a post.
"Sana ay mabigyan din ng posisyon si Vice President-elect Leni Robredo dahil may kakayanan at karanasan naman siya," said Angara.
While Angara said Duterte should be given time to do so, he also said that Duterte can even create a post for Robredo. - with reports from Adrian Ayalin and Jing Castañeda, ABS-CBN News
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