LOOK: Duterte, Robredo seated together as impeachment talks swirl


Posted at Mar 24 2017 11:01 AM | Updated as of Mar 24 2017 11:41 AM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday were seen in public for the first time since his allies accused her of supporting moves to impeach him.

Duterte and Robredo were seated beside each other on stage at the Philippine National Police Academy graduation rites.

This is their third public appearance since Robredo left the Cabinet due to policy differences.

They met during the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC) meeting in January and again during the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) graduation earlier this month.

Robredo said she had clashed with Duterte over his policies, including his war on drugs, and his push to reinstate the death penalty.

Duterte ally House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said Robredo may be ousted for allegedly betraying public trust when she sent a video message to the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, where she criticized the government's war on drugs.

The Robredo camp dismissed this as "baseless and irresponsible."

Duterte on Sunday said he wouldn't be surprised if Robredo is involved in the impeachment against him.

He however rejected Wednesday the ouster raps against his second in command, telling his allies to "stop it."