Duterte skips proclamation; Robredo promises 100% support for Digong

    MANILA, Philippines - Exactly a month before the oath taking ceremony, the Congress has proclaimed Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Camarines Sur solon Leni Robredo as winners of the May 2016 elections on Monday, May 30.

    President Rodrigo Duterte and VP Leni

    Based on the certificates canvassed by the Congress, Duterte received a total of 16,601,997 votes making him the 16th president of the Philippines. Meanwhile, Robredo, who garnered 14,418,817 votes, has become the country’s incoming vice president.

    While Robredo came in full force with her three daughters, Duterte opted to skip the ceremony which he described as “corny.” Instead, his lawyer and spokesperson Salvador Panelo represented him during the proclamation rites.

    In his interview with the media on Saturday, May 28, Duterte revealed: “I am not attending any proclamation. I’ve never attended any proclamation in my life.”

    Aside from Duterte, past presidents including Ferdinand Marcos Sr., Manuel Roxas, and Manuel Quezon didn’t attend their proclamation ceremonies.

    Robredo’s daughters Aika, Tricia and Jillian accompanied Robredo up to the rostrum where her hands were raised by Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker of the House Feliciano Belmonte Jr., both of whom are members of the Liberal party.

    "On behalf of the Filipino people and the House of Representatives, Madame vice president, please accept our congratulations on your honorous election as the vice president of the Republic of the Philippines,” said Belmonte.

    Robredo promises 100% support for president

    During a press conference after the proclamation ceremony, Robredo claimed that she is looking forward to have a good working relationship with President-elect Duterte.

    Although the two come from opposing political parties PDP-Laban and Liberal party, Robredo said she will give her 100% support to Duterte even if she disagrees with some of his views.

    “Very hopeful ako na magiging maganda naman ang aming working relationship. Maraming bagay na magakaiba kami ng pananaw, pero palagay ko hindi yun dahilan para hindi maganda ang aming samahan,” Robredo told reporters.

    (I’m very hopeful that we will have a good working relationship. We may disagree on many things but I think it won’t be a reason for us not to have a good working relationship.)

    Watch her video below.

    --Mini, The Summit Express

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