VP thanks Duterte, says DuBredo backers have nothing to fear

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 08 2016 05:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Rodrigo Duterte Reuters

Supporters of the President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo tandem, also known as "DuBredo", have nothing to fear, the Vice President said Thursday. 

Speaking at a forum hosted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Robredo said she supports policies of the President which she deems beneficial to Filipinos, such as the tax reform package, efforts to rehabilitate drug users, combating "endo" in the labor sector, and the Freedom of Information Act.

"We oppose when there is need to oppose, and we will support when there is a need to support," Robredo said.

"Hindi natin ino-oppose ang kahit anong sabihin ng Pangulo, yung inooppose natin yung mga ibang polisiya na hindi tayo sang-ayon," she added.

During her stint as Housing secretary, Robredo said she was careful in voicing out her opinion on political issues so as not to come across that she was challenging the authority of the President.

She recalled how she somehow felt "insulted" when Duterte introduced former senator Bongbong Marcos as the next vice president in a state visit to China.

"Insulto din yun, I decided to relegate the insult in the back burner
after we (Duterte and Robredo) saw each other. I was still the same cooperative member of the Cabinet to him," she said.

Following the resignation of Robredo as Housing Secretary, Duterte on Thursday assured Robredo that she will serve until the end of her term and dismissed rumors that there is a plot to steal the vice presidency. 

The vice-president thanked Duterte whose words she described as a "reassurance."

"Despite our many differences I would like to think the President and I have a very good relationship," she said.

Robredo is also confident that she can serve as the "unifying force" to the "discordant" voices of the opposition.

"We really need a unified stand for the President to listen to us and ngayon parang walang ganun," she said.