Palace receives resignation letter of VP Robredo

MANILA — The Office of Executive Secretary (OES) received on Monday the official resignation letter of Vice President Maria Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo.

Robredo stepped down as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) after she has been directed by President Rodrigo Duterte to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings.

“Your directive for me to ‘desist from attending all Cabinet meetings’ has effectively made it impossible for me to do my job. Remaining in your Cabinet has become untenable,” Robredo said in her resignation letter to which copy has been distributed to the Malacanang media.

“With due respect, I am tendering my resignation as HUDCC Chairperson effective immediately,” she added.

Robredo, who ran and won under Liberal Party of former President Benigno Aquino III last May 9 elections, said she decided to accept the offer to head HUDCC given her and President Duterte’s “shared commitment to the poor and marginalized.”

“I have exerted all effort to put aside our differences, maintain a professional working relationship, and work effectively despite the constraints because the Filipino people deserve no less,” she said in her resignation letter received by the OES at 9:01 a.m.

Last Sunday, Robredo came out with a press statement, announcing her plan to submit her resignation to the President the following day.

Robredo claimed she received a text message last Saturday from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco Jr. relaying the President’s instruction through Special Assistant to the President Bong Go for her to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting Dec. 5.

Robredo clarified that since she assumed HUDCC post, she has been consistent in opposing several issues such as burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani and reinstating death penalty.

The Vice President, however, promised to support the positive initiatives of the administration and oppose “those that are inimical to the people’s interest.”

The Palace wished the Vice President to continue her unhampered service to the nation despite her decision to quit her Cabinet post.

“The Vice President has served our people for many years in various capacities and we wish her to continue this unhampered service to the nation to the best of her abilities,” said Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar in a press statement last Sunday.

Andanar said ‘recent events’ showed the differences between President Duterte and the Vice President “as becoming irreconcilable and public.”