WATCH: Rody to Leni: 'Pwede ka housing, Ma'am?'


Posted at Jul 07 2016 08:24 PM

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"Pwede ka housing, Ma'am? Can you be the housing secretary?"

These were the words of President Rodrigo Duterte when he offered Vice President Leni Robredo a position in his Cabinet via a phone call.

A footage of their phone conversation, aired by PTV4 on Thursday night, shows Duterte having a phone conversation with Robredo apparently after a question from a reporter.

Duterte said he already personally called Robredo to put a stop to questions whether or not he would give the former congresswoman, who ran under the administration party, a Cabinet post.

"Alam mo Ma'am kasi, tinawagan kita para mahinto na itong tanong-tanong," Duterte told Robredo. "Do not be apologetic. But gusto ko na itong tanong nang tanong, tanong nang tanong. Pwede ka housing, Ma'am? Can you be the housing secretary? Tanggapin mo, Ma'am?"

The Vice President's responses during the phone call were inaudible, but Duterte later said his executive secretary would hand her the appointment papers. He also asked her to report for the next Cabinet meeting on Monday.

The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) is the agency "charged with the main function of coordinating the activities of the government housing agencies to ensure the accomplishment of the National Shelter Program."