DAVAO CITY — Incoming Vice President Leni Robredo may have to wait for a possible seat in the Cabinet of the Rodrigo Duterte presidency.
“That never entered my mind actually,” Duterte admitted when asked if he has thought of offering Robredo a post in the Cabinet. He further admitted he has not also considered anything for her.
He said he does not know Robredo that much but he would be willing to have a good rapport with her if there is an opportunity later.
“I am not trying to be smart aleck but I am still trying to figure out the selection in my own group and party except the fact that they cannot be employed immediately because of the one year ban (after losing the elections),” Duterte explained.
Duterte stressed he is more worried about where he would place the people who have been loyal to him and factored in his win for the presidency.
“I should not be looking beyond my borders yet,” he said.
Duterte was not also of meeting her because of his busy schedule.
“I would be in an awkward position when I am not ready to offer anything,” he emphasized.
Meanwhile, Duterte is keeping his distance with members of the Senate because he leaves it to Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Aquilino Pimentel III on decisions relative to the Senate presidency.
Likewise, he also remains distant from members of the House of Representatives even to those who have transferred to their side.
“That’s why I never shook hands with the lawmakers who transferred to our side – not one of them. Wala namang pumunta dito (Nobody came here) I have not been out Davao,” he said.
With regards to Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao, Duterte said he has always been a friend.
Duterte met Pacquiao on Saturday night along with Cayetano and his wife, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, Representative-elect Pia Cayetano, Sandra Cam, incoming chief of the Peace Process Jesus Dureza, and some businessmen.
Pacquiao may have a different party affiliation but Duterte said that at the end of the day “we can only talk what is good for Mindanao.” LilianMellejor/PNA/northboundasia.com