A counterproductive vice
In theory, a vice president warms the post until the president dies or becomes otherwise incapacitated. Meanwhile, he or she has to, at the very least, contribute to the administration to make his or her election worthwhile. But for far too long we have seen the consequences of the two top officials hailing from different, if not rival, political groups. At the beginning of an administration, there might be some show of goodwill between the two top officials. They might be seen together in public events and even discussing national issues during Cabinet meetings where the vice president may hold a post. Over time, however, the differences rear their ugly heads. In the present administration, for instance, and before she was eased out of the Cabinet, Vice President Leni Robredo had spoken out numerous times against the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte, forgetting the fact that she was technically his alter ego.