THE Liberal Party decried President Duterte’s statement deriding Vice President Leni Robredo as “incompetent.”
“The President’s remarks are unfortunate, given that they are untrue, and more so because they digress from the core issues that hound Filipinos every day,” LP President and Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said in his statement.
Pangilinan said that since Robredo was elected, she immediately focused her attention on helping the poor help themselves even without a cabinet position.
“She has marshalled partners from the private sector to extend P252 million worth of aid for 155,000 families through her Angat Buhay program,” Pangilinan added.
By doing this, Pangilinan said Robredo showed her competence through compassionate, empowering and responsible style of leadership.
The LP leader also said that the government instead must focus on solving the prevailing problems of the country. He cited as an example the 5-peso increase per kilo of rice, the 5.2% increase in prices of goods and services which is allegedly the highest in nine years.
“And out on the streets, our citizens are subject to kotong, threatened with arrest or harm, while the Chinese poachers who mistreat our fishermen are treated with kid gloves,” Pangilinan pointed out.
For his part, Senator Bam Aquino said that he believes that the standard of being a competent leader is the ability to find solutions to the pressing problems the citizen are enduring.
“Wala pa sa gobyerno si VP Leni napatunayan na niya ang malasakit sa mga kababayan nating mahihirap at inaapi. Iyong mga pamayanang natulungan ni VP Leni ang patunay ng kanyang kakayahan,” Aquino said.
President Rodrigo Duterte had said he would not step down if she would assume his post.
“Kung siya mag-presidente? (If she will become president?) Look, I will not resign because it will make her president. My resignation is addressed to the people para makapili sila ng gusto nila,” Duterte told reporters in Clark, Pampanga.
“Siya (she), I don’t think she can ever be ready to govern a country. Reason? Incompetence. She’s not capable of running a country like this, Philippines,” said Duterte of Robredo, a lawyer and former Camarines Sur Representative.
Robredo, leader of the opposition, was once part of the Duterte Cabinet, serving as housing czar. She, however, quit her post in December 2016 over policy differences with the President.
Earlier on Tuesday, Robredo had responded to the call of various groups to unite and lead voices opposing Duterte.
The week before, she met with representatives of several groups that staunchly oppose Duterte, like Tindig Pilipinas, Akbayan, Magdalo, and the once-ruling Liberal Party (LP), of which she is chairperson. She agreed in the meeting to be the opposition leader.