Robredo shrugs off ‘non-invitation’ at rites

Published July 21, 2018, 1:49 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo does not want to make a big deal out of not being invited to the turnover of the Calabanga Municipal Fish Port, but she is emphatic that her involvement in local projects should not have been politicized.

Vice President Leni Robredo during the P&G Philippines Women's Symposium, Thursday. (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President Leni Robredo (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Ang importante nadala iyong tulong na kinakailangan (What was important was the much needed help was delivered),” Robredo said.

“Ang sa akin lang, pakiusap na, una sana, kung hindi naman makakatulong, huwag na lang pakialaman iyong mga tumutulong,” she added.

(For me, my plea, first, for those who can’t help is they should not meddle with those are helping.)

Robredo, who chairs the former ruling Liberal Party, shrugged off in a media briefing in Naga City last Friday an incident where she was not invited to the July 5 turnover of the fish port.

The Vice President was asked to comment on the matter after it came as a surprise to her fellow Bicolanas that she was absent at the event considering that she initiated and implemented the project.

It was Presidential Adviser for Bicol Affairs and Undersecretary Marvel Clavecilla, along with Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission chair Dante Jimenez, who were at the turnover ceremony as witnesses.

For Robredo, it was no longer important whether she had been invited to the turnover of the project, but she spoke out against efforts to politicize the local projects that also include the Calabanga Infirmary.

The Vice President hit continuous attempts of her critics to look for issues that might be used against her through these projects such as delays in their development.

“Aware ako na last year pa — hindi lang last year, 2016 pa — hinahanapan na ng diperensya ang lahat ng mga proyekto. Wala namang nahahanap na diperensya,” she said.

(I’m aware since last year–not only last year, way back 2016–they had been looking for issues on all the projects. They were not able to find one.)

Robredo, who briefly served as housing chief, then appealed to spare public service from politics.

The lady official said the poor operations of the port should not be blamed on her since the “maintenance is the responsibility of port authorities and the local government.”

When she was a Camarines Sur representative, Robredo noted she worked to find funding for the port, which was inaugurated in 2015.

The Vice President was also asked to react about the refusal of the provincial government to accept the delivery of equipment for the Calabanga Infirmary.

The Answering the Cry of the Poor (ANCOP) USA Foundation, through her office, donated the equipment to the infirmary.

Robredo is hopeful the issue will be immediately addressed.

“In a project like this, the public will benefit. This hospital, who will benefit from it? The people of Calabanga, not us,” she said in Filipino.

“The election is still next year. They know all (projects) I was able to deliver there, they can’t see not even my name. I’m not after the recognition,” she added. (Raymund F. Antonio)