VP Leni: Ouster plot won't succeed without public support

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 12 2016 01:39 PM

VP Leni: Ouster plot won't succeed without public support 1
Vice-President Leni Robredo File Photo

MANILA - Vice-President Leni Robredo believes any plot to thwart the mandate of duty elected officials will not succeed without support from the public. 

Robredo, who resigned as housing secretary of the Duterte Cabinet last week, earlier said there is an alleged plot to remove her as vice-president.

"Ang kwestyon lang naman doon eh papayag ba natin, is papayag ba nating mayurakan yung mandatong ibinigay sa atin," Robredo insisted. 

"Tingin ko ano naman eh, kahit ano pang binabalak na masama nung iba, 'pag hindi pinayagan ng taong-bayan, hindi din mangyayari." 

(The only question there is whether we will allow anyone to trample upon our mandate to choose our leaders. I believe that whatever the evil plans of others are, it will not succeed if the public does not allow it.)

President Rodrigo Duterte has spoken openly of his support for defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, who has a pending electoral protest against Robredo. 

But the President insisted last Thursday that there is no plot to steal the vice presidency from Robredo, despite his seeming closeness to her rival. 

"I will assure Leni and the rest of the Bicol region that you will have her until the very end of her term," Duterte told reporters Thursday.
"There is no such thing as removing the vice president," he added.
Robredo on Monday attended the Urban Poor Solidarity 2016 in Quezon City, where she detailed her vision and achievements as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). 

Secretary Leoncio Evasco replaced Robredo as HUDCC chair. He was also invited to the event but was not yet around until the Vice President left.