Robredo deserves her ‘fall from grace:’ Palace

MANILA Vice President Maria Leonor Leni Robredo's persistent tirades against President Rodrigo Duterte merit her fall from grace, MalacaAang said on Wednesday.

Her (Robredo) tirades and threats following her unceremonious but deserved firing is unsurprising, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

There is no greater fury than a woman scorned. There is a Spanish word that aptly describes her fall from grace: Merece (Deserve), he added.

Panelo made the remarks on the same day Robredo advised the graduates of the Angat Buhay Young Leaders in Government Fellowship to refrain from being intimidated by uninspiring bosses.

Robredo did not mention any name, but made an oblique reference to Duterte who fired her on Sunday as co-chairperson of Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

Ang pinakamadali kasi is to pass the blame on others. 'Hindi ko nagawa 'yung trabaho ko kasi, uninspired ako sa aking boss. Hindi ako nagpe-perform well kasi hindi ako namo-motivate ng aking boss.' Kapag ganoon 'yung ating mga dahilan, hindi tayo tunay na lider (The easiest thing to do is pass the blame on others. 'I was not able to do my job because I was uninspired by my boss. I did not perform well because my boss did not motivate me.' If these are our reasons, we are not true leaders), she said.

Pero ang tunay na leader, magsa-sabi, 'Kahit uninspiring 'yun aking boss, ginagawa ko pa din nang maayos 'yung trabaho ko. Kahit napakahirap, ginagawa ko pa din nang maayos 'yung trabaho ko. Hindi ako nagpapa-apekto kahit 'yung boss ko, hinahadlangan 'yung lahat kong ginagawa,' (But a true leader would say, 'I still do my job even well even if my boss is uninspiring. I still do my job well even if it's difficult for me. I don't let myself get affected even if my boss hinders everything I do,') Robredo added.

Robredo was appointed by Duterte on October 31 as ICAD co-chairperson following her claim that the current administration's crackdown on illegal drugs is obviously not working.

She was supposed to lead the ICAD until June 30, 2022, but was booted out of the anti-drug body for her alleged failure to present new measures in curbing the drug proliferation in the country.

Robredo 'broke the lamp' given by Duterte

Despite her opposition to the war on illegal drugs, Robredo was still given the chance by the President to help the government in handling the drug problem, Panelo said.

Panelo said Duterte had trusted Robredo, even though she serves as the leader of the opposition, whose Otso Diretso senatorial candidates for the May 13, 2019 elections were defeated by the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan.

Panelo, however, lamented that the Vice President broke the lamp given to her by Duterte to illuminate her way because of her blind vision.

In the tunnel of darkness where she strayed aimlessly after a 100 percent rejection of her endorsed 'Otso Diretso,' she was given a lamp by PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) to illuminate her way, he said.

But she carelessly broke it and she is back to where she was, groping with a blind vision, the Palace official added.

Nevertheless, Panelo said Duterte continues to perform exceedingly well, despite Robredo's relentless tirades against the President.

Panelo noted that the recent surveys have shown that majority of the Filipino people continue to approve Duterte's work performance.

Despite her non-performance and obstructionist perorations against the President, the latter has performed exceedingly well, and the Filipino people have stamped with a very good satisfaction rating his incomparable performance in the last three years, he said.

In contrast, the rambunctious critic has consistently rated very low in the surveys. Res ipsa loquitor (The thing speaks for itself), Panelo said. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency