MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said she was ready to become the leader of the political opposition following her resignation from President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet.
Robredo quit as housing secretary after she was ordered by the President to “desist” from attending Cabinet meetings. She said this would allow her to be more vocal in opposing some government policies.
“Mag-ooppose ako sa lahat ng mga polisiya, I think with mas malakas na boses. Mag-ooppose ako sa mga policies na I think detrimental to the Filipino people,” Robredo said.
(I will oppose policies, I think, with a louder voice. I will oppose policies, which I think, are detrimental to the Filipino people.)
Despite being part of Duterte's official family, Robredo has not shied away from criticizing the administration, especially on the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery).
While she will be more critical, Robredo said this does not mean that she will fully withdraw her support for the government.
“Parati pa rin akong kokontra sa mga bagay na hindi ko pinapaniwalaan. If being an opposition leader entails that, then magiging opposition leader ako,” she said.
“Hindi ko inaalis sa sarili ko na iyung mga bagay at programa ng goberynong ito na kailangang suportahan, susuporta pa rin ako.”
(I will oppose policies that I don't believe in. If being an opposition leader entails that, then I will be an opposition leader.)
(I will not hesitate to support government programs that needs to be supported.)
Robredo said she believes the success of the Duterte government will be the success of the nation as well.
"Kahit ganito pa ang treatment sa akin, palagay ko hindi na ito tungkol sa atin. Iyung obigasyon ko, hindi na para sa sarili ko."
(Even if I am treated this way, I think this is no longer about me. My obligation is no longer to myself.)