- VP Robredo said it’s unfortunate that Pres.Obama has canceled the bilateral meeting with Pres. Duterte
- She is hopeful that whatever damage Pres. Duterte’s statement might have caused could still be repaired
- She emphasized that all government officials and not just the president, must be careful in what they say
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo was asked by the media for a comment over the controversial statement of President Rodrigo Duterte during the pre-departure press briefing, wherein he allegedly cursed US President Barrack Obama when he was asked about how he would deal with questions specifically coming from the US president regarding human rights and extra-judicial killings.
Initially, VP Robredo refused to give a comment during an ambush interview after attending a budget hearing in the Senate. Later on, she gave in to the prodding of the media and said that when it comes to public announcements, all government officials, and not just Pres. Duterte, must be careful in what they say.
Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted her as saying: “Lahat tayo. Hindi lang ang Pangulo, pati ako — lahat ng government officials.”
[All of us. Not only the President but me included, and all government officials.]
She emphasized that as government officials, what they say is not personal.
“So kami lahat kailangang maging maingat,” she added. (So all of us have to be careful.)
She said it’s unfortunate that US Pres.Obama canceled the bilateral meeting with Pres. Duterte, but she is hopeful that whatever damage the latter’s statement might have caused, could still be repaired.
According to an article published by GMA News Online, Pres. Duterte has expressed regret for his tirade against Pres.Obama.
A statement released by the Philippine president read: “While the immediate cause was my strong comments to certain press questions that elicited concern and distress we also regret it came across as a personal attack on the US president.”