Leni vows office big on advocacy

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She has been proclaimed the country’s second highest official but Rep. Leni Robredo vowed to take on more meaningful work than the ceremonial tasks assigned to her office.

“Wala naman iyan sa titulo, nasa ginagawa [It’s not about your title, but the work that you do]. The sound of it [being the Vice President]doesn’t affect me because I am more interested in what I can do to be of help. I want my office to be big on advocacy, even if used to mainly concern ceremonial functions,” Robredo told reporters.

“I want to make it more meaningful in crafting policies, considering the office’s vast influence. I don’t want to waste the opportunity to be of help, even if the Office of the Vice President has limited authority,” she said.

Robredo added that she understands that President Rodrigo Duterte is not considering her for a Cabinet post yet because they do not know each other and have not met personally.


Still, she said, she is confident that she can work well with Duterte.

“I am very hopeful that we will have a good working relationship. We might have disagreements on death penalty, but we also have similarities. We both came from local positions and hail from provinces far from Manila,” Robredo noted.

“We both have non-traditional views about politics, and I would say these are sufficient enough to build on.”

Robredo said that for starters, she and her team are looking for a cheaper place where she can hold office.

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) at the Coconut Palace in Pasay City (Metro Manila) costs roughly P500,000 monthly.

“We’ll decide if it’s still logical and prudent to stay in the Coconut Palace, or in the available 7th Floor of the PNB [Philippine National Bank] building,” Robredo said.

Vice President Jejomar Binay holds office at the Coconut Palace, while his predecessor Noli de Castro occupied the 7th floor of the PNB building.

Robredo said she wants her office to extend to the rural areas to fulfill her campaign promise of boosting rural development.

“We will discuss what would be the better arrangement that augurs well for rural development. We are looking at having satellite offices aside from the central office. But for now, everything is up in the air,” she added.

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  1. Magtayo ka ng mga Lugawan stations and Ice Cream parlors sa mga rural areas habang naghihintay ka pa ng go signal for Plan B.

    • Domingo SALVOSA on

      How could you sleep well, neither have a peaceful mind in your everyday life if you know too well that you are the recipient of the machinations of computer subverting the will of the people on a so called election process, that’s why I categorically call The Philippines is really a democrazy country,,Really???.

  2. with all the facts and issues about poll rigging in the May 9 election, I am just wondering how can Leni Robredo hold her head high as if she conveniently won the vice presidency. If she has some moral ascendancy, she should have requested that proclamation for the winner in the second highest position be deferred until all issues were answered. She could also demanded, just to cast doubts away, a recount as what Bongbong Marcos proposed. This way, she could have earned the respect of every Filipino. Unfortunately, she’s just simply an opportunist.

    • You deserve your name Kutong Lupa because what you are proposing is impossible. So it is better for you to be an insect that everybody can trample on.

  3. She has shown that the poor Pilipnos must be given the opportunity to get a job and survive in this jungle. She is consistent from day 1. She will be a very good and helpful VP for our nation. A soft spoken person and a hard nose president. I pray that Duterte will soften his stance just listening to Leni. We might have a good team.

  4. Oh yes, Filipinos who knew better will not take any advocacy of stealing and condoning the election rigging just to win from you