Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo ‘’will not be a flower vase’’ under the new government if she is proclaimed vice president, the spokesman of Davao Mayor and presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday.
Peter Laviña said that Robredo is guaranteed a seat in the next Administration’s Cabinet.
“We will make sure that she will not be a flower vase. She will not be doing much,” Laviña told reporters in Davao City.
“But the mayor is a very generous person, he can deal with anyone. So it can be a post that can be mutually discussed between the two highest positions of the land,” he added.
Laviña, however, said Duterte and Robredo have not yet met.
“Hopefully, the official canvassing will be over as soon as possible so the two can meet and work together immediately,” he said.
Robredo belongs to the Administration Liberal Party (LP). She paired up with former Interior Secretary and presidential candidate Manuel Roxas 2nd in the May 9 elections.
Robredo’s camp said the lawmaker is open to any Cabinet post.
“We want to take this opportunity to thank presumptive President Duterte for saying that he will give Congresswoman Leni a Cabinet position should she make it. Cong Leni is open to any Cabinet position that is [suitable]for her skills,” Robredo’s spokesperson Georgina Hernandez told reporters at a news conference.
“From the start, Cong Leni wants to put the government’s anti-poverty programs under one roof to help our people rise from dire straits and live a good life,” Hernandez added.
She, however, added that the Duterte camp has yet to formally reach out to Robredo.
“We are yet to [hold]talks with them (Mayor Duterte’s team). We are still waiting for further developments before we move on arranging talks,” Hernandez said.
With Llanesca T. Panti