- Binay personally congratulates successor Leni Robredo
- Leni’s daughter thanks Binay and team for being helpful and accommodating
- Robredo more likely not to receive a cabinet position under Duterte
Through a letter, outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay personally congratulated his successor, Vice-President-elect Leni Robredo; saying that he is confident that through Leni the Office of the Vice President (OVP) will continue to be an instrument for social justice.
The message was dated May 31, but recently posted on Twitter by Leni’s daughter Aika — thanking Binay and his team for being helpful and accommodating, a day after Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), proclaimed Robredo as the winner of the vice presidential race.
Also in the letter, Binay shared his experience in the OVP, that they had extended assistance to thousands of poor and marginalized Filipinos including the OFW’s.
For the transition, he said he has already instructed his Chief of Staff, Undersecretary Benjamin Martinez Jr., to coordinate with Robredo’s designated point person at the earliest possible time for coordination.
Binay, during his term, served as the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and as presidential adviser on overseas Filipino workers under the Cabinet of President Benigno Aquino III.
He resigned in June 2015 prior to the launching of the United Nationalist Alliance as the major opposition party for the 2016 elections.
Binay ran for the presidency under UNA but lost to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that Robredo is unlikely to receive a cabinet position under the incoming-administration as it might hurt Duterte’s friend Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Earlier, Robredo’s winning became controversial after Marcos’ camp claimed that BBM was cheated and that he should have won. Marcos lost by more than 260,000 votes.
Robredo will take her oath of office as vice-president on June 30; to take a vow under Ronaldo D. Coner, Barangay Captain of Punta Tarawal, Calabanga – the poorest barangay in Camarines Sur.