October 7, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo has expressed contentment with President Duterte’s performance in the first 100 days of his term.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Robredo said the Duterte administration “has achieved so much,” especially in streamlining government processes and war on illegal drugs.
“In fact, kahit sa mga ahensiyang nasa ilalim ng HUDCC (Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council), we have also come up with streamlining the processes. Ito ang pinaka-concern ng Presidente. Ayaw niyang pinapapila ang mga tao, ayaw niyang pabalik-balik ang mga tao. Iyon ang focus,” Robredo said.
“Obviously, ang war on drugs is talagang up there at malaki ang epekto nito sa crime incidence ng bansa. Of course maraming mga kaakibat na kumplikasyon at implikasyon, pero parang sa 100 days niya kuntento ako,” she added.
However, Robredo believed that if Duterte will rate himself, he will be unsatisfied with his work in his first 100 days.
“As a public official, tingin ko si Presidente hindi siya magiging satisfied dahil marami pa problema ang Pilipinas. Ang 100 days talaga is too short a time,” she said.
When she was asked to rate herself, the vice president admitted that personally, she was not satisfied with her performance in her first 100 days.
“Kami sa OVP (Office of the Vice President), marami din kaming panaginip na gustong gawin in 100 days. While marami naman kaming nagawa, talagang hindi kaya lahat. Hindi enough ang 100 days,” Robredo said.
“Okay naman ang may dissatisfaction, para hindi tayo nagiging kampante kasi sobrang dami talagang dapat asikasuhin,” she added.
Robredo also said the President’s request for an “extension” to address the problems on illegal drugs, crimes, and traffic was “reasonable” because of the gravity of the issues.
“Ang 100 days kasi parang dumaan lang na hangin na hindi natin namamalayan. Alam ko parati laging may magsasabi na, ‘sana mas marami kaming na-trabaho’,” she said.
“Hindi lang kay Presidente yon pero lalo na siguro sa akin dahil sa problema sa housing,” she added.
In her first 100 days, Robredo, who also heads the HUDCC, said she spent most of her time visiting some of the country’s most far-flung barangays, which often lack government aid.
She said she dropped by to one or two distant barangays every week.
“Pumupunta tayo sa mga pinakamalalayong barangay para mapakinggan ang kanilang mga istorya, kung kamusta sila at alamin ang kanilang mga problema para matulungan sila,” Robredo said.
She added that she also hold meetings with various civil society groups to ask support for her programs on housing, poverty reduction and food security. – MBL