Robredo: Leaving HUDCC like a mother leaving her baby

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 08 2016 06:11 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo with daughters Fernando G. Sepe, Jr., ABS-CBN News

Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday compared her departure from the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) to that of a mother leaving her child.

"[ It's like] a mother giving birth to a baby and after giving birth, iniwan na niya," Robredo said in a forum hosted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Robredo resigned as Housing Secretary last Monday after receiving instructions from President Rodrigo Duterte through Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. via SMS to stop attending cabinet meetings.

Evasco has since been appointed as Robredo's replacement.

The Vice President said she is "extremely worried" that there may be less focus on housing problems since Evasco has other responsibilities as well.

"I am extremely worried in the sense that there is a lot of urgency...yung mga problema niya can't wait," she said.

Some of the housing problems Robredo mentioned is the 5.6 million backlog in housing and the lack of attention on urban development planning.

She added that her team has been trying to set a meeting with Evasco to formally turn over documents and plans of the HUCC accomplished in the past five months under Robredo.

She said she is "very willing" to share her learnings in the housing sector in the past five months. "In terms of housing I'd be very willing to share what I have learned," she said.