Duterte, Robredo meet

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‘Cordial Meeting’ A beaming Vice President Maria Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo waves to the crowd as she is photographed with President Rodrigo Duterte. For the first time since winning the May 9 polls, the two met during turnover ceremonies for new Armed Forces chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. AFP Photo

‘Cordial Meeting’
A beaming Vice President Maria Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo waves to the crowd as she is photographed with President Rodrigo Duterte. For the first time since winning the May 9 polls, the two met during turnover ceremonies for new Armed Forces chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. AFP Photo

Vice President Leni Robredo and President Rodrigo Duterte greeted each other in what she described as a “cordial” meeting at the military turnover ceremonies on Friday, finally breaking the ice that formed during a bitter election campaign.

After receiving full military honors, Duterte walked to his seat and shook hands with Robredo, even offering her the coconut juice he was about to drink. Robredo, all smiles, politely declined.

The turnover rites took place at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, a day after the two took their oaths of office in separate ceremonies. Duterte held his inauguration at the Malacañang presidential palace while Robredo took her oath at the infamous “Boracay Mansion,” now the Quezon City reception house.

In his remarks, Duterte said he would have preferred to be beside Robredo at the grandstand, but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana was seated between them.


Duterte and Robredo have yet to talk about the new government since winning the polls, indicating a cold relationship between the two highest officials of the land who come from warring political parties.

After the brief encounter, Robredo told reporters that Duterte agreed to have a formal meeting soon.

“Very cordial yung meeting. Nagpaalam ako sa kanya [Duterte] kung pwede akong magpa-set ng schedule or a courtesy visit, sabi niya naman, ‘Anytime,’ so pagbalik ko siguro sa office, `yun `yung aasikasuhin ko na makapag-set kami ng ganoong meeting [I asked for his permission if I can schedule a courtesy visit. He told me, ‘Anytime.’ So when I return to my office, I will work to set that meeting],” the Vice President said.

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  1. Nomer obnamia on

    Leni is either a fraud or naive to think that she ihas the cure in eradicating poverty. She’s not the saint she wants to portray in public but a power-hungry newbe in national political scene. Claiming she’s for the poor is a fraud and her office is another expense wasted for she’ll accomplish nothing but hot air. And all policians in HR and Senate are only good in looting public funds for personal gains. Politics in PI have become lucrative careers to become rich. The salary in office is pocket change but the pork have lots of fat to line their personal bank accounts. They are shameless people and a bunch frauds. Are these charlatans the only one available to serve or are there no good men available to serve for love of country? I wonder?

  2. Ludy Astraquillo Ongkeko on

    As a Filipino American living away from my ancestral homeland, the news release just
    disseminated about an up and coming ‘meeting’ between the top two newly-elected leaders of our native country provides an indescribable feeling that it augurs well for
    the nation’s near future. May there be more such meetings laced with great hopes
    and prayerful wishes!

  3. jeff jaramillo on

    I was made to believe that this woman, Leni, is not dumb. But for her to believe that she won the election is purely dumbness.

    I do not believe that she deserve Duterte’s time, not even in few seconds. (The first question of Duterte would be: Do you believe you won in the election? If she answer in the affirmative, the prez would say: SCRAMMMM!)

    • Luis Torrente on

      Yes, she needs to clear her name. As now occupying the post of Vice-President, she can ask the Comelec and the Supreme Court, with the blessings of President Duterte, to find out the truth on who really won the election for Vice-President. If it turns out that it is someone else other than her, with integrity, she can step down and hand-over the position to whoever it is, be it Marcos, Cayetano or even Escudero. The more important thing is the truth and the actual result.

      If, from impartial and 3rd party investigations, audits and recount of the Vice-Presidential vote show otherwise or confirm her election, she stands to be more beautiful upholding the truth, whether she remains as Vice-President, duly elected, or steps down, humbly and with integrity if not.

      Who knows, President Duterte might even give her a Cabinet post if she is not the truly elected Vice-President?

    • Maraming nagsasabi na mabait at matulungin si Leni Robredo, sangayon ako. Ang puna ko lang ay hindi siya makatingin ng derecho sa mga kausap niya sa kaliwa o kanang bahagi ng lugar. Ang malaking mata lang niya ang tinutuon sa mga kausap niya. May kasabihan sa Indonesia, na pinangalingan ng Lola ko, ang taong hindi maka tingin ng derecho sa taong kausap niya makaliwa man o sa kanan ay TRAIDOR!!!!!! Kaya binabalaan ko si Pres Duterte na MAG INGAT MAG INGAT!!!!

    • Nonie David on

      @Jeff, she was proclaimed winner by the election body. What else do you want? But if you are implying that Bongbong won…. to hell !!