By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo said on Monday that she will not dignify the latest tirade by President Rodrigo Duterte about appointing any “outstanding” government official to replace her.
Robredo, the leader of the opposition, made the statement in response to reporters’ questions at the Senate, where she personally attended the hearing on her office’s P673-million proposed budget for 2020.
“Hindi naman kasi siya nakakatulong sa usapin, so sa akin, hindi ko na lang papatulan (His remark doesn’t help so for me, I won’t dignify that with a response anymore),” she told reporters.
“Iyong sa amin, gawin na lang kung anong dapat gawin, and hopefully in the end, parati namang ma-a-appreciate ng tao kung ano iyong ginawa mo given the limited mandate and resources that you have,” Robredo said.
(For us, we’d rather do our job, and hopefully in the end, the people will always appreciate what you do given the limited mandate and resources that you have.)
The Vice President noted it was not the first time Duterte belittled her capability of running the country should she succeed him as Chief Executive.
Last week, Duterte verbally attacked Robredo again for her criticism over his remark allowing the police to accept gifts. He claimed the country would be “dead” if she became the president.
“If she can vouch [for] your integrity and talent, I’d gladly — if you want, I will appoint you all as vice president,” Duterte said, referring to a Civil Service Commission official.
Robredo explained that her criticism of Duterte’s remark was based on Section 7 of Republic Act 6713 or the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.”
Robredo, who is also a lawyer, said the Presidential Decree of 1976 also prohibits public officials from accepting gifts by “reason of the office.”
“Mayroon tayong indirect bribery sa Revised Penal Code. So hindi ko siya gawa-gawa. Hindi ako iyong nagsabi na bawal, pero ang sinasabi ng batas. So ang sinasabi ko lang naman, kailangan naming sundin iyong batas,” she said.
(We have indirect bribery in the Revised Penal Code. So I didn’t simply make it up. I wasn’t the one who said it is prohibited, but it’s what’s stated in the law. So what I was saying, we have to follow the law.)