Robredo vows to continue tsinelas leadership

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Posted at Jun 30 2016 10:24 AM | Updated as of Jun 30 2016 11:47 AM

MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo, the country's 14th VP, on Thursday appealed for unity as the country heralds in the administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

In a speech after taking her oath of office, Robredo stressed that she and President Rodrigo Duterte have a common goal of seeking true progress that does not forget the marginalized.

"Ang mga pangarap ng ating Pangulo at ating mga plano para sa bansa ay nagkakatugma patungo sa iisang hangarin: ang mabigyan ng tunay na kaunlaran ang ating mga kababayan, lalo na ang mga napag-iiwanan," she said.

Robredo said true progress can only be achieved if the country stands united and acts not out of personal interest, but for the good of the majority.

"Ang tanging paraan para matupad ang hangaring ito para sa ating bansa ay ang sama-samang pagkilos. Naniniwala ako na sa panahong tila may mga matitinding hidwaan na nangyayari sa mundong kinagagalawan natin, ang hamon sa atin ay magsama-sama, paigtingin ang ating pagkakaisa, at gawing lakas, hindi hadlang, ang ating pagkakaiba," she said.

"Kailangan nating gawin ang tama para sa karamihan, hindi lang sa iilan. Ang katapatan ay dapat ibigay sa ating pinangakuang pagsisilbihan kahit labag ito sa pansariling interes."

Robredo vowed to abide by this principle as she serves the public regardless of differences in social standing, beliefs or political affiliation.

"Bukas ang pintuan ng tanggapan ng Pangalawang Pangulo sa lahat -- anuman ang katayuan sa buhay, anuman ang paniniwala o anuman ang partido. Tayo ay magiging tanggapan na palaging nakikinig sa boses ng tanggapan."

She also promised in her first 100 days as Vice President to continue her "tsinelas" brand of leadership and bring government aid to far-flung provinces.

"Ito ang sinimulan na nating gawin sa ating distrito sa lalawigan ng Camarines Sur - kung saan ako isinilang, nag-aral, nagtayo ng pamilya, namulat sa mga problema ng lipunan at kung saan napudpod ang ating mga tsinelas sa paghahanap ng mga mabisang solusyon sa kahirapan," she said.

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Robredo ended her speech by quoting her late husband, Interior Secreatary Jesse Robredo: “What brings us together as a nation is far more powerful than what pulls us apart.”

"Sa panahon ng matinding hidwaan, ang pagkakaisa ng bansa ang tanging pag-asa. Iba iba man ang ating pinanggagalingan, iisa ang ating hangarin: na ang bawat pamilyang Pilipino ay mamuhay ng may dangal," she said.

"Ang sandaling ito ang simula ng sama-samang pagtupad sa hangaring ito."

READ: Inaugural message of VP Leni Robredo

Robredo assumed office on Thursday in a separate inauguration ceremony from Duterte, which was perceived by some people as indication of the supposed rift between the two highest elected officials.

Robredo, the running mate of defeated Liberal Party bet Mar Roxas, was also left out of the Duterte Cabinet.

READ: Duterte: No Cabinet post for Leni Robredo

She and Duterte were supposed to meet ahead of their respective inaugurations but this did not push through, according to Duterte's aide de camp, Christopher Go.

Duterte assumes the presidency at noon today in the Malacañang Palace.