VP Leni Robredo resigns from Duterte Cabinet

MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday afternoon announced her resignation from the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte effective on Monday, December 5, 2016.

VP Leni Robredo resigns from Duterte Cabinet
Photo Credit: Facebook/Leni Robredo
In a statement posted on her Facebook page, Robredo said it will be impossible for her to perform duties as the president ordered her to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting Monday.

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"We received a text message last Saturday from Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, Jr., relaying the President’s instruction through Bong Go for me to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings starting this Monday, December 5,” Robredo shared.

Robredo who was offered a Cabinet post to lead the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) in July emphasized their solid accomplishments despite the obstacles thrown to them. According to her, the budget for all key shelter agencies in 2017 has been slashed by more than P19 billion, key shelter agency appointment recommendations have not been acted on and the Executive Order designed to make HUDCC effective was not signed.

Robredo has been vocal also of the rumored plot to steal the Vice Presidency.

"I had been warned of a plot to steal the Vice Presidency. I have chosen to ignore this and focus on the job at hand. But the events of recent days indicate that this plot is now being set into motion," she said.

Recently, Robredo is consistent in her opposition to some major issues such as the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, extra-judicial killings, reinstating death penalty, lowering the age of criminal liability, and sexual attacks against women.

"With this resignation, you can expect that I will continue to support the positive initiatives of this administration and oppose those that are inimical to the people’s interest," Robredo said.

"However, as your duly elected Vice President, I will not allow the Vice Presidency to be stolen. I will not allow the will of the people to be thwarted. I will continue to serve the Filipino family and fulfill their dream for a better life," Robredo added.

Here's the full statement:

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