- Country’s top two officials met each other again, this time in Malacañang Palace
- Robredo described her meeting with Duterte as cordial, said she assured him of her support
- She also revealed that Duterte wants her to regularly visit him to update her about the country’s situation
MANILA, Philippines – A lot of smiles and support.
Following up on their informal encounter at the AFP’s turnover rites last Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo sat down for a second meeting in Malacañang Palace on Monday, July 4.
Duterte received Robredo in the Malacañang’s Study Room at 3:30 PM. Their meeting was briefly shared on Facebook Live by Radio TV Malacañang.
Photos shared by their respective camps show both officials apparently at ease with each other as they talked for about 45 minutes. At the end, Duterte can be seen escorting Robredo back to her vehicle and see her off.
Assurance of Support
In an interview on ABS-CBN, Robredo said she paid a visit to Duterte to assure him of her support whether or not he gives her a Cabinet position.
“Wala pa namang formal offer pero I told him nga na wala naman ako doon to ask for work eh. Nandoon ako para i-assure siya ng aking supporta. Sabi ko naman sa kanya, with or without a Cabinet post, makakaasa siya sa aking full support,” she said.
[There was no formal offer but I told him I did not go there to ask for work. I went there to assure him of my support. I told him, with or without a Cabinet post, he can count on my full support.]
Robredo also said Duterte wanted her to visit him regularly so he could fill her in on the country’s situation.
“Sabi niya nga, gawin kong mas regular ‘yung aking pagbisita para alam ko naman ‘yung kung anong nangyayari. Parang sinabi niya yata sa akin na mas mabuti na ‘yung nalalaman niyang information about the country’s situation, alam ko din. Kaya nagpasalamat ako,” she said.
[He said, I should make my visits regular so I can know what’s happening. He said something like it’s better if I also know what information he knows about the country’s situation. So I am thankful.]