Vice President Leni Robredo has resigned from President Rodrigo Duterte’s cabinet.
This means, she is now letting go of her job as Chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
In a statement, Robredo aired her frustration for having received a text message advising her to stop attending all Cabinet meetings.
She said, “we received a text message last Saturday from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco Jr. relaying the President’s instruction through Bong Go for me to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, December 5.”
“This is the last straw because it makes it impossible for me to perform my duties. Hence, I am tendering my resignation from the Cabinet on Monday, December 5, 2016,” she explained.
She revealed, “I had been warned of a plot to steal the Vice Presidency. I have chosen to ignore this and focus on the job at hand. But the events of recent days indicate that this plot is now being set in motion.”
Robredo recalled that from the start, she and the President had major differences in principles and values.
These include their views on the burial of Former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani, extrajudicial killings, plan to reinstate the death penalty, lowering the age of criminal liability and sexual attacks against women.
Robredo also enumerated some of her misgivings as head of the HUDCC.
She said the budget for key shelter agencies has been cut by over P 19 billion.
She further noted, all the key shelter agency appointment recommendations have not been acted on and the Executive Order designed to make HUDCC effective has not been signed.
Despite her resignation from the cabinet, Robredo said, she will continue her work as Vice President.
“I will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen. I will not allow the will of the people to be thwarted. I will continue to serve the Filipino family and fulfill their dream for a better life,” she vowed.