Vice President Ma. Leonor Robredo is a heartbeat away from the presidency but she says she does not mind not being designated as the caretaker when President Rodrigo Duterte is abroad.
Robredo made the response when asked about the President’s decision naming Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to be the caretaker of the country in the two instances that Duterte was out of the country—during an Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Laos and a visit to Indonesia last month.
“It’s okay with me. In the past, the reins are really left to the ES [Executive Secretary]. The ES is in charge of the day-to-day operations, and I don’t have a problem with that. It has worked well,” Robredo told reporters on Wednesday.
“The ES is very capable to take hold of the responsibility when the President is not there,” she said.
Duterte had initially refused to name Robredo to a Cabinet position, in defiance of tradition, because the President did not want to hurt the feelings of former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Robredo defeated Marcos in the close vice presidential race by more than 200,000 votes.
Duterte, however, eventually named the Vice President as the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council after meeting with the Vice President in person.
LLANESCA T. PANTI