MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo said she remains supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte's 10-point economic agenda, but feels it's about time economic gains are felt by the poorest sector.
Speaking to businessmen attending the 43rd Philippine Business Conference of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Robredo said the marginalized must also feel economic improvement.
“A strong and effective tax reform package, the success of the government’s infrastructure program and that foreign direct investments continue to come in, we support all of the administration’s economic reforms and we hope they can be felt down to the bottom,” Robredo said.
Robredo’s statement comes after netizens lambasted Duterte for his supposed anti-poor outburst against jeepney drivers who staged a two-day nationwide transport strike.
Robredo also informed PCCI businessmen about her flagship anti-poverty program, Angat Buhay, which she said has reached 80,000 families in 153,000 communities through private funding worth P145 million pesos worth of projects.
Robredo said the government is also facing the daunting task of rebuilding Marawi City, and providing assistance to displaced residents such as Mocrima Abdulraman Mohamad, a volunteer who helped repack relief goods funded by the Office of the Vice President.
Robredo also thanked soldiers fighting Maute rebels and the Abu Sayyaf which led to the death of terrorists Omar Maute and Isnilon Hapilon.
“Marawi has finally been liberated, thanks to the bravery and commitment of soldiers, Mocrima and the thousands of Maranaos who were displaced by the conflict can start rebuilding their city and try to bring back trust and respect to their communities,” Robredo said.
After attending the PCCI forum, the Vice President proceeded to the Indigenous Peoples Summit where she vowed to help tribal communities despite the limited budget of her office.
“Napaka-limitado ng mandato ng Pangalawang Pangulo pero sa abot ng ating makakaya, sinusubukan nating makatulong sa kahit anong paraan,” Robredo said.