Robredo denies calling for Duterte ouster

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 30 2016 03:24 PM

MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday denied President Rodrigo Duterte’s accusation that she joined rallies calling for his ouster.

In an interview with ANC on Thursday, Duterte criticized Robredo for joining anti-government rallies while she was still in his Cabinet, calling it the "height of incongruity."

"I am not aware of, much less am I involved in, any effort to 'oust' the President," Robredo said in a statement.

"Furthermore, I categorically deny joining rallies that called for the President's ouster," she added.

The Vice President resigned as housing secretary earlier this month, two weeks after former president Ferdinand Marcos was buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' cemetery). Robredo publicly criticized the burial, which was sanctioned by Duterte.

While Robredo was not seen in rallies denouncing the burial, she attended honors at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani on November 30, which coincided with a rally at the People Power Monument where some of Robredo’s party mates such as Mar Roxas and Leila de Lima were spotted.

Robredo has also expressed readiness to be the voice of the opposition, saying she would criticize Duterte’s policies that are detrimental to Filipinos.