- With less than a month of assuming her post, VP-elect Leni Robredo has yet to decide where to hold office
- Robredo opts to stay in a simple and modest yet presentable office during her term
- Rental at the Coconut Palace where outgoing VP Jejomar Binay used to hold office is valued at P500k a month
Barely less than a month before she finally assumes her post, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo has yet to decide where to officially reside for the next six years of tenure.
The head of Robredo’s transition team on June 2 said they are still looking for the possible new location of the Office of the Vice President, an article written by Marlon Ramos which was published on Philippine Daily Inquirer stated.
“It has to be simple, but at the same time presentable enough so that we can receive guests and dignitaries as part of her duty as vice president,” Boyet Dy was quoted as saying as he noted the Vice President-elect opted for a simple and modest, and not as ostentatious space.
Earlier, the Camarines Sur representative, who edged out her closest rival Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the tightly contested vice presidential race, said that she would rather hold office elsewhere than continue paying a huge amount of P500,000 for the monthly rental of Coconut Palace in Pasay City., the former official headquarters of the outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay.
In 2011, Binay ordered the renovation of the Coconut Palace which he utilized as his office since then.
The library at the ground floor was converted into his office furnished with new furniture.
Air conditioner were installed in the private bathroom with the sink and toilet being replaced.
Another room was converted into a receiving room for visiting dignitaries and other guests while a third room was occupied by Binay’s staff.
The Bicol room located on the second floor was then converted into Binay’s private quarters.
Binay also instructed for the pool in the front of the palace to be renovated, specifically changing its shape based on feng-shui.