Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday chided former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. over an alleged plot to steal the vice-presidency, saying it is not her family that has a history of stealing.
"Parang between the two of us, ewan ko, between the two us kung sino yung may mas, may history ng pagnanakaw, hindi yata ako," Robredo told reporters.
(Between the two us, who has a history of stealing? Not me.)
Bongbong is the son of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who is accused of amassing ill-gotten wealth from the Philippines during his time as president.
For 30 years, the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) was able to recover P170.7 billion or $3.7 billion, accounting for almost half of the 5 to 10 billion US dollars of alleged ill-gotten wealth.
The government is also still pursuing 248 cases against the Marcoses and their alleged cronies in various courts, with some appeals pending before the Supreme Court.
The vice president made the connection after the camp of Marcos accused her of hypocrisy and of stealing her current position from the former senator.
Marcos lost by a slim margin in the 2016 vice presidential race and has a pending electoral protest against Robredo.
"Hindi ko na sila papatulan. Tingin ko yung tao naman alam kung sino yung mas papaniwalaan, kung ako o sila," said Robredo.
(I will not engage with them. I think people know who to believe, me or them.)
The controversy stemmed from Robredo's resignation as housing secretary on Monday. In announcing her resignation, she also warned of a plot to steal the vice presidency.
"The events of recent days indicate that this plot is now being set into motion," she said, citing alleged roadblocks to the performance of her duties.
Robredo was also told to stop coming to Cabinet meetings beginning Monday.
On Tuesday, the Palace said President Rodrigo Duterte "felt uncomfortable with her engagement in certain political actions."
But the vice president said she has no clue what they are talking about, saying the Liberal Party has not even met yet.
She also shut down rumors that she was behind an alleged "Oust Duterte Movement."
"Wala namang ganun. Tingin ko lahat ng nakakakilala sa akin, halimbawa yung partido nga namin, meron akong reluctance to take on the leadership. Tingin ko wala akong ganun na political skill," she said.
(There is nothing like that. I think everyone who knows me, for example my party, they know I have a reluctance to take on the leadership. I don't think I have that political skill.)
Robredo added that she will continue to support the good deeds of the administration but will call out any bad ones.- With reports from Jorge Cariño