Vice President Leni Robredo refused to be interviewed by the media after being disinvited by the Palace from attending the first vin d’honneur in Malacañang on Wednesday.
Robredo spoke Wednesday night at a medical residency graduation of the Chinese General Hospital Medical Center in a restaurant in Greenhills, San Juan.
The Vice President congratulated the graduates, wished them well and reminded them to give their best in providing public service.
"When you are focused in the people you serve, you do not let disappointments bring you down. That is true with doctors in public service, that is true of us now at the Office of the Vice President as well," she said.
"Once again, we are confronted with new and formidable challenges but we are also in the position to make authentic change happen and I intend to make the most out of that opportunity."
Robredo talked about how she and her team went to rural communities, finding out the health needs of people and the projects they came up with to address those needs.
She also talked about the problem of drug addiction, saying drug addicts must not be reduced to their illness.
"We cannot reduce drug addicts to their illness. Instead we must work together to help them overcome their addiction in the long term,” she said.
Robredo also talked about the need to focus on the war on poverty.
"If we really want to fight poverty, we can no longer view the poor as mere inconveniences...If we truly want change for this country, then we must see poor Filipinos for the entirety of themselves," she said.
"Every life counts, be it rich or poor, be it virtuous or flawed. Every life counts."