Vice President-elect Leni Robredo has called on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to uphold the rule of law amid Duterte’s harsh words that “son of a bitch” journalists deserve to be killed and should not fuck with him and that catcalling women is mere freedom of expression.
“I continue to be reassured by the President-elect’s repeated assertions that he will uphold the rule of law, as well as by his strong record of promoting women’s rights during his service as Davao City mayor. I hope that these commitments will be more clearly reflected in his public pronouncements,” Robredo, a lawyer like Duterte, said in a statement on Friday.
“It is testament to the power and prestige of the presidency that each statement and each action of our leader is taken as an indicator of official policy, hence the need for constant vigilance and circumspection, particularly over issues as sensitive as the murder of journalists and the treatment of women in our society,” the Camarines Sur lawmaker, added.
Robredo said her team could provide the Duterte camp perspectives on various issues to broaden Duterte’s view and afford him the breadth of vision essential to the leader of the nation.
“The Philippines has long played a leading role in the promotion of human rights and the advancement of gender equality. I trust our country’s leaders will continue to uphold this honorable legacy in every word and deed,” she added.
Duterte has refused to appoint Robredo to a Cabinet post, with the incoming President arguing that he does not want to hurt the feelings of defeated vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Marcos is the son of the late former President Ferdinand Marcos whose martial law regime left at least 76,000 victims of torture and other human rights abuses still awaiting remuneration under the Marcos compensation law.
Robredo assured that she would not compromise her principles under a Duterte administration.
“I assure our people that I will always stand firm on the principles that have guided my entire career as a public interest lawyer, a women’s rights advocate, and a public servant,” she said.