PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo as the chairperson of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
“It is with a heavy heart that I accept the resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo,” Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar quoted the President as saying.
The statement came after Malacañang received Robredo’s resignation letter on Monday after she was barred from attending Cabinet meetings owing to various differences with the Presidentincluding the Marcos burial issue.
President Duterte has appointed Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco as the new head of HUDCC.
Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar confirmed the appointment yesterday as the Cabinet was holding a meeting in Malacañang.
“PRRD just appointed CabSec Jun Evasco to head HUDCC. This is on top of Sec. Evasco’s current job responsibilities,” he said.
Evasco is currently charged with overseeing 12 national government agencies:
Cooperative Development Authority
Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council
National Anti-Poverty Commission
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples
National Commission on Muslim Filipinos
National Food Authority
National Youth Commission
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Philippine Commission on Women
Philippine Coconut Authority
Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor
Technical Education Skills Development Authority
Evasco was Duterte’s national campaign adviser. He was a former rebel priest and the former mayor of Maribojoc town in Bohol.
“Reading between the lines, it is saying that the President no longer has the confidence and the trust to be in one room with the Vice President,” Andanar said.
Andanar gave Robredo his unsolicited advice: “Kung ako ang nakatanggap na huwag um-attend ng meeting, tanggapin na lang na wala nang confidence (sa ‘yo) ang Pangulo.”
Andanar also slammed Robredo’s claim of an alleged plot to steal the vice presidency as pure speculation.
“Speculation coming from the camp of the Vice President,” Andanar said.
“Ang trabaho po namin ay ipatupad ang mga polisiya (ng Presidente),” Andanar said.
Earlier, Robredo said in a statement that she had been warned of a plot to steal the vice presidency away from her.
“I had been warned of a plot to steal the Vice Presidency. However, as your duly elected Vice President, I will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen,” she said.
Robredo announced Sunday that she is quitting her post as HUDCC chair