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VP Leni Robredo to resign from President Duterte’s Cabinet
by UNTV News | Posted on Sunday, December 4th, 2016
On Sunday, December 04, 2016, the official website of Vice President Leni Robredo published her statement that says she will tender her resignation from President Duterte’s Cabinet on Monday, December 5.
Read the full statement below.
Statement of Vice President Leni Robredo
We had hoped this day would not come.
I had been warned of a plot to steal the vice presidency. I have chosen to ignore this and focus on the job at hand. But the events of recent days indicate that this plot is now being set into motion.
From the very beginning, the President and I had major differences in principles and values. Since I assumed office, I have been consistent in my opposition to issues such as the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, extra-judicial killings, reinstating death penalty, lowering the age of criminal liability, and sexual attacks against women.
But we both had a mandate to serve the people. I had hoped that this shared commitment to the poor and marginalized would transcend the differences between us. So, I took the job of Housing Secretary when it was offered to me.
In barely five months, we have solid accomplishments in HUDCC. This, despite the obstacles thrown our way, which are:
One, the budget for all key shelter agencies in 2017 has been slashed by more than P19 billion. Two, all our key shelter agency appointment recommendations have not been acted on. Three, the Executive Order designed to make HUDCC effective was not signed.
Then, we received a text message last Saturday from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, Jr., relaying the President’s instruction through Bong Go for me “to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, December 5.”
This is the last straw, because it makes it impossible for me to perform my duties. Hence, I am tendering my resignation from the Cabinet on Monday, December 5, 2016. With this resignation, you can expect that I will continue to support the positive initiatives of this administration and oppose those that are inimical to the people’s interest.
However, as your duly elected Vice President, I will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen. I will not allow the will of the people to be thwarted. I will continue to serve the Filipino family and fulfill their dream for a better life.
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo said she is not against the proclamation of martial law in Mindanao, especially since it was the Supreme Court itself that declared it constitutional.
However, the Vice President believes the administration should lift the declaration of military rule in Mindanao, and immediately begin the rehabilitation of strife-torn Marawi City.
“Nung sinusulong ito ang sabi niya necessary lang. Sana sa lalong madaling panahon ma-lift na ito kasi marami din yung nagrereklamo na naaapektuhan ang turismo, hanap buhay at maraming umaasa ditong hanap buhay, (When he [Duterte] was pushing for this, he said it was necessary. I hope that he could lift it at the soonest possible time because many are complaining that their tourism, their livelihood are affected. Many livelihoods are depending it)” said the vice president.
According to Robredo, the Office of the Vice President will help in the conduct of rehabilitation in the heavily damaged area.
She noted many of their Angat Buhay partners have already expressed readiness to build infrastructures for the affected residents.
“Marami na kaming kausap na partners na willing to help magbigay ng ng school buildings gamit sa paaralan yung shelter kits para sa mga nawalan ng bahay. Marami na nag-pledge. Lahat lang naghihintay para magkaron na ng clearance (We are in talks with many partners who are willing to help build school buildings, provide school supplies, shelter kits for those who were displaced. Many have pledged. They are waiting for clearance)”, said Robredo.
However, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesman Major General Restituto Padilla believes a consultation will take place first before the government releases a decision on the lifting of martial law in the entire Mindanao.
Although the matter is a political concern, Padilla said the AFP will create recommendations regarding the lifting of the military rule in the region.
Padilla also assured the public that the situation in every part of Mindanao will soon return to normal.
“But there is a greater threat here that needs to be addressed and the need for the maintenance of martial law in some parts is really important because of the network, the existence of the network of all these terrorist groups,” said Padilla. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Based on the latest Pulse Asia survey, the approval and trust rating of President Rodrigo Duterte is the highest among the top government officials.
He got 80% in both his approval and trust ratings.
Vice President Leni Robredo obtained 57 % approval and 55% trust rating while Senate President Aquilino Pimentel has 55 % approval and 52% trust rating.
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno have the lowest ratings.
Malacañang said the public is confident with the leadership of the president though the survey was taken during the time when there was so much political noise.
“Despite the multi-faceted political noise, President Duterte is still the most approved and the most trusted government official in the Philippines today the survey conducted last September 24-30 at the height of the demolition job against the president even implicating some members of the president’s family,” said Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella.
The official also said the Pulse Asia survey will be an inspiration for the Duterte administration to work harder in giving Filipinos a comfortable life and in resolving criminality and illegal drugs in the country.
Malacañang said the public support for President Duterte is stronger than some sector’s disapproval of him.
“For all its worth, there is an attempt to shake the foundations but apparently as the Pulse Asia rating has shown, there seems to be an enormous appreciation for the president not just from a particular isolated report,” said Abella. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — A Bureau of Customs (BOC) chief usually stays in his or her position for one year and six months. For some reason or another, several BOC chiefs had stepped down from their post voluntarily, but they were never asked to resign.
Just last night, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he accepted the resignation of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon.
Faeldon had been the chief of the bureau for over one year and two months only.
It is said that Faeldon had approached the Chief Executive three times to signify his intention to step down from his post.
The current director general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Undersecretary Isidro Lapeña will replace Faeldon as the new Customs chief.
PNP Region 3 Regional Director Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino will fill in the position of Lapena in PDEA.
“The Bureau of Customs has a rotten system, you have to have somebody to have a system, a new one, and a competent military man can do it, just like General Lapeña, he can do it and General Lapeña enjoins my confidence and trust which is being important,” said President Duterte.
In a statement released by Faeldon, the outgoing Customs chief said his resignation is for the welfare of the country.
He also thanked those who supported the BOC during his tenure and urges the public to support the agency’s new commissioner.
It can be recalled that in his interview on the program “Get It Straight with Daniel Razon”, Faeldon said he would never resign just because of pressing criticisms.
He stressed during the interview that if he was no longer in the position, it only meant one thing… that he was kicked out by the president himself.
“So meaning to say if you’re gone in the BOC, you’re kicked out by the president,” asked Razon in an interview aired on October 17, 2016.
“Yes,” said the commissioner, “If the president asks me, ‘Nick, time to rest’.”
“So I should not listen to the news when for example it says, ‘Comm. Faeldon resigned for health reason,’ ‘Comm. Faeldon resigned for personal reason,’ I should not believe those? And I should think that ‘No, he was kicked out’ ? ” Razon asked the former BOC chief.
“Yes, that would mean I was kicked out by the president himself,” said Faeldon. — Jun Soriao | UNTV News & Rescue
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