Archbishop to Duterte: Give Robredo a chance

  • Archbishop Tirona hopes Duterte would set aside political differences and give Robredo a chance
  • Duterte said he won’t be appointing Robredo to a Cabinet post
  • Robredo said she would focus and work hard in the Office of the Vice President

Archbishop Rolando Octavus Joven Tria Tirona of the Archdiocese of Caceres in Naga City, Camarines Sur called on President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to transcend political lines and give Vice President-elect Maria Leonor ‘Leni” Robredo a chance.

GMA News Online quoted the 69-year-old archbishop as saying in a press conference Friday, June 17: “Our first acts toward a person should be about respect, openness and giving that person the chance to exercise her talents and powers.”

Tirona emphasized that what’s important is to recognize that Robredo is also important to the country.

He is hoping that there would be a chance to transcend political lines and the incoming president will give the incoming vice president the capacity to work for the good of the Filipino people.

Duterte said in a previous interview that there is no law which is a compelling reason for him to give a Cabinet post to Robredo; admitting that he does not want to offend his friend, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., whom Robredo defeated in the vice presidential race by 263,473 votes.

ABS-CBN News quoted him as saying: “Kaibigan ko si Bongbong (Bongbong is my friend). That is the political reality. My father was the Cabinet secretary of the late father of Bongbong. Besides, I won in Ilocos Norte.”

As for Robredo, she understands why the incoming president is uncertain if he’ll give her a position in his Cabinet and added that she has no right to demand.

She would be thankful if Duterte gives her a Cabinet post but if not, she would focus and work hard in the Office of the Vice President.

Robredo will take her oath of office on June 30 at the Quezon City Guest House, popularly known as Boracay Mansion, which will serve as her office because she finds the Coconut Palace ‘too expensive’.