MANILA - Following her courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, Vice President Leni Robredo is now setting her sights on visiting the Philippines' most far flung barangays which often lack government aid.
"Iikot din po sa iba-ibang probinsya si VP Leni, pupunta sa mga pinakamalalayong barangay para mapakinggan ang kanilang mga istorya, kung kamusta po sila at ano ang kanilang mga pangarap sa buhay," Robredo spokesperson Georgina Hernandez told radio DZMM.
She said the Vice President aims to drop by one or two distant barangays every week. The 52-year-old Robredo will also hold meetings with civil society groups to hammer out projects for her pet advocacy of poverty reduction and food security, according to Hernandez.
Robredo met with Duterte at the Malacañang Palace on Monday, weeks after the public saw an apparently icy relationship between the two highest elected officials.
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Describing their most recent encounter, Robredo told ANC's Talkback with Tina Palma: "It was a very cordial meeting. I told him that I was just there to personally convey my message of support, that he has my full support. I was telling him that I owe it to the Filipino people to back him up."
The former Camarines Sur congresswoman said Duterte had invited her to regular meetings to talk about the country.
Hernandez said Robredo is not looking for a Cabinet post since she is only starting to build her working relationship with Duterte.
"Hindi na po talaga umaasa si VP Leni namakakatanggap siya ng Cabinet position. Kinikilala naman po niya ang kapangyarihan ng Pangulo na mamili kung sino ang maninilbihan sa kanyang Gabinete."
"Bilang hindi naman po sila nagkaroon ng pagkakataon na magkatrabaho noong nakaraan, baka kailangan pang unti-unting buuin ang tiwala sa pagitan nilang dalawa," the spokesperson explained.
Hernandez is confident that Robredo and Duterte have taken the first step in developing amiable ties when they opened the lines of communication between their respective offices.
She also believes that Duterte has started warming up to Robredo, as seen by his smiles for the Vice President on the photos of their meeting.
"Kung tingnan natin iyung mga larawan, talaga pong nakangiti at mukhang masaya po sila pareho... Nakakatuwa rin pong makakikita ng mga ganitong larawan na iba sa mga nakaraang nakita natin," she said.
Robredo, who ran under the Liberal Party banner, defeated Duterte's erstwhile running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
In May, Duterte said he would not appoint Robredo to a Cabinet position because he did not want his "friend" Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to get hurt.
Robredo was not invited to Duterte's inaugural ceremony at the Palace.
Before Monday's meeting, Duterte and Robredo only met for the first time on Friday at Camp Aguinaldo for the turnover ceremonies of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Duterte, in his speech, acknowledged Robredo's presence and seemed pleased to meet her. He was also seen offering a bottle of coconut water to Robredo and shaking hands with her.
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