Robredo hits Duterte's leadership style; says it'll be a 'waste' if he becomes next VP

Published September 24, 2021, 6:59 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

Vice President Leni Robredo said it would be a “waste” if President Duterte becomes her successor and implements his familiar style of leadership.

Vice President Leni Robredo (Photo from Robredo’s Facebook page)

Robredo, in an interview Friday, Sept. 24 with Ateneo Level Up of Radyo Katipunan, said she wouldn’t want the next vice president of the Philippines to be “too detached” from the job.

“Pinangalagaan ko yung opisina for six years. Sana yung nakita ko na klase ng governing na ginawa niya as president, sana hindi ganun kung siya yung maging vice president (I took care of this office for six years. Hopefully the governing style that we saw him do as president won’t be his style if he becomes the vice president),” she said.

“Kasi kami dito…we work as hard as yung pinakamaliit na empleyado. Sayang naman. Sayang yung aming sinimulan kung yung magiging susunod na vice president masyadong detached (As for us…we work as hard as the lowest-ranked employee. It’s a waste. It’s a waste of the groundwork we laid down here if the next vice president would be too detached),” she said.

President Duterte is the vice presidential bet of ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) for the upcoming May 2022 national elections. He signed his certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) from the party Thursday.

“Sayang kasi pinagpaguran ko hoping na yung klase ng kultura dito ngayon, ito yung legacy na maiiwan ko (It’ll be a waste of my hard work as well as my hopes that the culture I will have left here would be my legacy),” added Robredo.

The opposition leader has often criticized the Duterte administration for its handling of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Specifically, Robredo has said that there seems to be “no captain” in government when it comes to its pandemic response.

Robredo, chairman of the Liberal Party (LP), is being urged by several sectors to run for president next year. However, she remains undecided with less than a week to go before the filing of certificates of candidacy (COCs) among poll aspirants.