Vice President-elect Leni Robredo will not allow the “ghost” of the Boracay Mansion to haunt her as she considers her soon-to be office a hub for good governance.
Boyet Dy, who will serve as Robredo’s Chief of Staff, said Robredo never regarded the Boracay Mansion forfeited by the Sandiganbayan in favor of the Quezon City government as a bad omen because it has been rebuilt into a structure different from the once ostentatious mansion.
“We see it as a symbol that our country’s fight against corruption is working because this property will now be used for a good cause as the Office of the Vice President who will be of help to the people. She set important principles in choosing her office, and that is it has to be cost effective, simple yet presentable where she can receive guests from all walks of life: from foreign dignitaries to the stakeholders whom she will work with to push for her anti-poverty advocacies,” Dy told reporters.
Estrada used to own the Boracay Mansion at No. 100 11th Street, New Manila, Quezon City where he also spent time with his partner, Laarni Enriquez. It got the name because of the white sand that surround a huge swimming pool.
Since its forfeiture in 2007, it has been used as the Quezon City government’s Executive House for receiving guests. The swimming pool area has also been converted to a parking lot.
“From our perspective, it is not the Boracay Mansion anymore. It is a completely different structure; a totally new building. It just so happens that it is located in the same lot of the previous building,” Dy added.
He said the property’s location sits well with Robredo.
“The Executive House has a good location because it is near the government offices that focuses in addressing poverty: the DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), DA (Department of Agriculture, DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform), as well as the National Anti-Poverty Commission. The locations of these agencies have warranted strong consideration,” Dy pointed out.
Robredo also lives in Quezon City with her three daughters Aika, Tricia and Jillian.
Dy said that Robredo’s inauguration will be a toast to the toiling people whose lives she has promised to improve.
“The ceremonies will be simple, but will remain fitting to the occasion. Each sector will have a representative during the inauguration, especially those who are from the fringes of society whom she has served way back [before her political career]as a lawyer. She will work doubly hard for them this time alongside with her other partners,” Dy told reports in an interview.
“Her family will be there along with the people from the sectors she has worked with: women, farmers, fishermen, laborers…in fact, it will be a free seating because everybody in the room will be on equal footing and capable of serving the country,” he added.
Robredo’s inauguration will start with a flag raising ceremony. The Payatas Children’s Choir will sing the national anthem.
A multi-faith service will follow before Robredo takes her oath of office that will be administered by two barangay captains: Rolando Coner of Brgy. Punta Tarawal in Camarines Sur and Regina Celeste San Miguel of Brgy. Mariana in Quezon City.