Robredo doesn't know what she wants to be: Roque

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 22 2017 08:56 PM | Updated as of Mar 22 2017 09:45 PM

Kabayan Party-list Representative Harry Roque believes Vice-President Leni Robredo does not know what role she wants to play in President Rodrigo Duterte's administration, hence a perception that she wants to kick Duterte out of office.

Roque said Robredo "has never been consistent in what she wants to be."

"I’m really confused as to what she wants to be. My reading is very early in her career as vice president, she wanted to be one with the administration, and she became one with the administration," Roque said in an interview with ANC's "Headstart."

"Who is she to complain now after she is asked to leave?" he added, pertaining to Robredo's video message shown at a United Nations conference, where she criticized the administration's war on illegal drugs.

The said video has now been cited by two lawyers in their impeachment complaint against Robredo, arguing that she betrayed public trust.

Roque said he expected Robredo to head the opposition from the start of the administration, but she wanted to be part of the administration. 

"Napagbigyan, tapos tuwang-tuwa naman siya na parte siya ng administrasyon. Yung nirereklamo niyang war against drugs, she was part of that," he said.

(She was given a chance. She was delighted to be part of the administration. The war on drugs she's complaining about, she was part of that.)

"If she believe that mass killings is really part and parcel of the policy of this administration, why did she opt to join it in the first place? She’s not being consistent," he added.

Roque said this confusion and the fact that she is the president's constitutional successor make Robredo look "power-hungry" or that she is "out to destroy the administration" by sending the video to the UN criticizing the national illegal-drug campaign.

Roque believes administration supporters think there won't be any political stability unless they get rid of Robredo, who now faces an impeachment complaint at the House of Representatives.
"That is why the initiative now to remove her has gained ground because people want political stability, and now people view her as a threat to this stability," Roque said.