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.
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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.
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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.
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Duterte orders DOJ, DPWH ASecs to resign over corruption allegations
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the forced resignation of two assistant secretaries— his latest move to clear his government of corruption.
This was announced by the Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque during a press briefing in Malacañang Tuesday, May 15.
“The president has advised two assistant secretaries to tender their resignations or face termination for corruption,” Roque confirmed.
The two officials were Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon and Public Works and Highways Assistant Secretary Tingagun Umpa.
Based on the investigation conducted by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), Macarambon was reported to have intervened on behalf of suspected smugglers of gold and other precious jewelry at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
Meanwhile, the DPWH reported that Umpa may have been using and abusing his authority to receive commissions from contractors in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
Roque said they are leaving it to the Office of the Ombudsman to file the appropriate charges against the two officials while the Office of the President vowed to submit their findings to support the charges.
“Mayroon pong imbestigasyon na ginawa ang Department of Justice at ang Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, na pupwedeng gamitin ng Ombudsman sa kanilang mga imbestigasyon,” Roque concluded.
Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra confirmed that Macarambon submitted his courtesy resignation on April 25, 2018.
However, the appointment of his replacement is still in process. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
Robredo backs Sereno: ‘I will do everything in my power to right this wrong’
(L-R) Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno; Vice President Leni Robredo
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo backs Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno as she joined calls against the quo warranto petition filed against the Chief Justice.
“As your duly-elected Vice President, I took an oath to defend the Constitution. You can count on me to do everything in my power to right this wrong, should it ever come to pass,” Robredo said.
In a show of strong support to the Chief Justice, Robredo also encouraged the public to defend the judiciary.
“We can’t just keep quiet in the dark brought about by events the last few months. We have to set aside our fear and fight for our judiciary,” the Vice President said.
Earlier, the Coalition for Justice (CFJ) launched an online petition to support Sereno.
More than 16,000 signed the petition calling for the dismissal of the quo warranto petition.
Meanwhile in the supplemental memo submitted by CJ Sereno Friday, May 4, she appealed to her colleagues to remain faithful to their oath of upholding and defending the Constitution because their judgement will decide not only her fate but the fate of incumbent members of the Supreme Court.
The en banc has yet to vote on the quo warranto petition against Sereno. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
Cayetano slams Robredo on ‘double standard’ remarks over PH-Kuwait diplomatic row
DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Saturday, May 5, lambasted Vice President Leni Robredo for her alleged “double standard” remarks over the recent diplomatic row between the Philippines and Kuwait.
“I’d like to assure Vice President Robredo that we are accountable: We’re accountable to the President, we’re accountable to the people, we’re accountable to God,” Secretary Cayetano said.
“Hindi puwedeng may double-standard (You can’t have double-standards),” Cayetano said citing Robredo’s criticism against the administration saying that the Philippines violated the sovereignty of Kuwait during the controversial “emergency” rescue mission of overseas Filipino workers. The video of the rescue was made public which angered Kuwait leading to expulsion of Philippine Ambassador Renato Villa and recall of Kuwait envoy from Manila.
“Hindi ba iyong mga foreigner na nagra-rally dito, naba-violate iyong sovereignty natin kasi bawal iyon. Bakit sabi nila puwede? Tapos tayo ‘pag magre-rescue, pipintasan nila sarili nilang gobyerno na breaking sovereignty?” he argued.
(Don’t the foreigners who join rallies also violate our sovereignty because their actions are against the law? How come they say it’s okay if they do it but when we carry out a rescue operation they criticize their own government of breaking sovereignty?)
Cayetano also recalled Robredo’s recorded message criticizing the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs which the vice president sent to the United Nations.
“Kapag tayo ang nag-video, (hindi tama)…Pero bakit siya, si Vice President Leni, nagpadala ng video sa UN na fake news na paninira sa sariling bansa?
(If we take the video, (it’s not right)…But what about Vice President Leni? She sent UN a video of fake news that undermined her own country.)
In her statement released May 3, Robredo said the opposition is “gravely concerned” over “the deliberate release in both media and social media of videos of “rescue missions” undertaken by DFA personnel in the Kuwait” which she said “could further jeopardize our workers in that country.”
“Decisive steps must be taken at the soonest time to rectify this situation, and prevent further harm from being inflicted on our OFWs. These must start with an honest and candid acknowledgement of the crisis, a willingness to accept accountability and a conviction to do what is right,” she added in the statement.
Cayetano admitted that what happened “caused misunderstanding, but what we did is our obligation and duty to our OFWs.” He asked critics of the administration to allow negotiations in order to repair the damaged relations between the two countries. – Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue