VP on state dinner snub: No big deal

Published November 22, 2018, 5:41 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday said she was not invited to the state dinner hosted by President Rodrigo Duterte for Chinese President Xi Jinping on November 20.

Vice President Leni Robredo (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice President Leni Robredo

Robredo was open about it during a question and answer session with businessmen and other members of the Rotary Club of Makati West during its 49th anniversary celebration in Makati City.

After delivering a speech, she was asked a question from the audience on how she copes with the fact that she is now in the “laylayan” of politics.

Robredo shared to them that a lot of things were “happening politically” that not only “marginalized” her, but also the Office of the Vice President.

“Just yesterday I was being asked by people how was the state dinner… I was not invited so they were telling me how come,” the 53-year-old former housing chief said.

The Vice President, however, chose to look at the brighter side.

“I was telling them it was even better because in the previous occasions, I was being invited, then they would disinvite me. But you know, I think that’s not the most important,” she said.

For Robredo, she doesn’t mind that she did not receive any invitation to the event as long as her office continues to help Filipinos in need.

“The most important thing given the limitations of our office not only on resources but mandate, we are able to transform lives in the best way that we can,” she said.

Robredo spoke about her flagship antipoverty program, Angat Buhay, before the Rotary Club of Makati, telling them that hope remains despite the difficulties of being the vice president.

The OVP links poor communities across the country with organizations, corporations, and individuals who want to help them.

Currently, the program works with 127 local government units and over 300 partners.