MANILA - Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin said Vice President Leni Robredo's exit from the Cabinet was a disservice to the country.
"I would agree with her when she said that her stay in President Duterte’s cabinet is untenable. But I would say that her booting was a great disservice to the Filipino people. With a few good men and women in public service, she is a great loss to our country and people," Villarin said in a privilege speech at the House of Representatives Monday.
Villarin added that Robredo has become a "beacon of hope" for Filipinos now that she has resigned from the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte.
"Now that she is unshackled from the Duterte administration, she has become a beacon of hope for all Filipinos. She offers compassion over ruthlessness, justice over ‘just moving on,’ freedom over lies and untruths, and the heart of every woman. She has no political machinery save for the courage to tread along a path less travelled," he said.
He also paid tribute to Robredo by mentioning her achievements, as well as her passion for the poor.
"I know VP Leni Robredo to be a person of conviction, having a passion for the poor, a silent worker who enjoys being with farmers, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, and those in the fringes of society – mga nasa ‘laylayan ng lipunan.’ Having worked with her NGO, Saligan, an alternative law group, when I was also with a similar NGO called Kaisahan, I came to know this admirable lady to be so bereft of political ambitions or being hungry for power. She was a virtual unknown when she was selected to be the running mate of former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas," Villarin said.
"VP Leni is not one who wanted power nor desperately needed power. Her strength comes from her convictions and that of being a decent person. She is a loving and doting mother to three daughters with the late Secretary Jesse Robredo, himself a decent man and an untainted public official. She is a working mother and a public official who is now thrust to the second highest position of the land," Villarin added.