VP open to mending ties with Duterte

Published August 12, 2018, 3:52 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo said over the weekend that she is not closing her doors to the possibility of uniting with President Duterte for the sake of the country.

Vice President Leni Robredo (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
Vice President Leni Robredo
(Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“Sa akin, given na hindi kayo magkakasundo sa lahat ng bagay pero parati ko ’yung sinasabi hanapin natin ’yung at least common denominator. Saan ba tayo pwede magkakasundo and build on it (For me, it is given we won’t agree on everything; but as I always say, let us at least find our common denominator. On what ground can we agree, then we build on it),” Robredo said in a televised interview Saturday night.

Appearing at ABS-CBN’s “Bottomline,” Robredo fielded questions from a group led by talk show host Boy Abunda, when she acknowledged the importance of unity between the country’s top two elected officials.

The Vice President said fixing the problems of the nation would have been easier if only she and President Duterte were more willing to unite.

“Sana kaming dalawa maging unifying kasi crucial para makuha mo ’yong cooperation ng constituency (I hope the two of us will be unifying because it is crucial to get the cooperation of the constituency),” she said.

Robredo’s relationship with Duterte and his administration soured after she was barred from attending Cabinet meetings, which later led to her resignation as housing chief in December 2016.

Malacañang cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ between the country’s top two officials as the President himself accused Robredo of attending anti-Dutert rallies, which she vehemently denied.