Robredo’s satisfaction rating suffers

 

Vice President Leni Robredo

Results of the latest Social Weather Stations’ (SWS) survey released showed that Vice President Leni Robredo’s net satisfaction rating dropped by 11 points, from a “good” +37 to a “moderate” +26.

It was reported also that among top government officials Robredo registered the biggest decline which made Professor Ramon Casiple, a political analyst, opine that the 11-point dip in the vice president’s ratings was beyond the “normal range.”

Does Robredo have to worry that her satisfaction rating has suffered?

Of course she has to worry, and while she may not show it or does not want to comment about it, the fact is it could worsen and put her political life in jeopardy both as a politician and a leader.

I don’t really think that Robredo’s controversial video message to the United Nations (UN) about the government’s bloody war against illegal drugs (https://quierosaber.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/obredo-un-message-slanders-the-philippines/) was a big factor in people being dissatisfied with her performance and neither are the black propaganda against her, as claimed by Liberal Party (LP) stalwarts, significant reasons enough for her satisfaction rating to decline.

But I would like to think that the main culprit for the downturn in her satisfaction rating is simply because of her being useless/inutile in her position as vice president with no responsibility whatsoever, ever since she resigned from the Cabinet as head of the Housing and Urban Development coordinating Council (HUDCC).

It is bad enough that Robredo does not have any achievement or accomplishment to crow about as vice president, but it is even worse that people sees her as a willing mouthpiece of the opposition and the Catholic Church, for that matter, to find fault and disparage at President Rodrigo Duterte who is trying his level best to make drastic and unorthodox changes in the way government is run.

Robredo may not agree in everything that Duterte does, but if majority of the Filipinos trust, believe and have high hopes in Duterte for the long awaited growth and development of the country and the lifting up of the lives of people, then who is she to be so critical of him?

All is not lost, however, for Robredo.

What could save her is her acceptance for dinner with Duterte after the Holy Week, where members of her family are also invited.

Hopefully, Robredo will know more Duterte better this time around and decide to be herself and not be used as pawn for the political advantage of her party mates in trying to destroy Duterte’s dream for the country and the Filipino people.

Duterte doing an injustice to Robredo


Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo

The resignation of Vice President Leni Robredo as chairperson of the cabinet-level Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) did not really come as a surprise to me.

Since I first learned a few months ago that the 2017 proposed budget for the office of the vice president was reportedly slashed from P500 million to P428 million, this after her travel allowance for this year was reduced to P37 million from the nearly P60 million allotted to her, I thought it would just be a matter of time before she raises up her hand and give up her Cabinet position.

What made it sooner was apparently the dismaying and disappointing slashing further of the 2017 budget for all key shelter agencies, which included the HUDCC, by a devastating amount of more than P19 billion.

It is bad enough that one’s travelling expenses are curtailed, but how can one perform an efficient job managing housing projects and the amenities that goes with it for the needy when one barely have enough resources?

On top of all these, Robredo also lamented saying, that “all her key shelter appointment recommendations have not been acted on” and that “the Executive Order designed to make HUDCC effective was not signed”.

One can only understand, therefore, the frustration Robredo has been putting up with all these restrictions and impediments thrown at her by the Duterte administration despite the impressive accomplishment HUDCC has done in barely five months under Robredo’s leadership.

Thus, when Robredo reportedly received a text message from secretary to the Cabinet Leoncio Evasco relaying President Rodrigo Duterte’s instruction telling her “to desist from attending all Cabinet meetings” beginning Monday, Nov. 5, she did not hesitate filing her resignation as well as Housing secretary for this was the God-given graceful exit she was waiting for.

While it is true that Duterte and Robredo have diverging views politically and morally on various issues plaguing the country today, it cannot be denied, however, that Robredo has been supportive of Duterte’s programs when it comes to development and improving the lives of Filipinos, this, even as the former has been at the receiving end of the latter’s sexist remarks as perceived by the womenfolk and the most telling blow of all which is Duterte’s bias for Bongbong Marcos who continues to contest Robredo’s victory.

What a waste of talent of a decent, intelligent and productive person – a pure public servant that Duterte is eliminating in his Cabinet.

 

Whichever way one looks at it Duterte is not only gravely erring in his decision but more painfully Duterte is also doing injustice to Robredo and to the country.

Robredo is a square peg in Duterte’s round administration

 

Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo

I would like to think that Vice President Leni Robredo’s support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s leadership, the way she has been rallying others to do, is unconditional.

The way it looks, however, it does not fall under that category for the simple reason that among the members of the Cabinet it is Robredo only who has openly expressed foreboding over the wave of killings around the country resulting from the administration’s no-nonsense drive against drugs and criminality.

Robredo described her concern as the government’s growing culture of vigilantism and violence which she strongly abhors.

If nobody else in the Duterte’s Cabinet has condemned the killings, what does that make therefore of Robredo, but a square peg in a round hole?

Surely it does, but can Robredo still shape herself into a round peg to continue fitting into Duterte’s round circle of trusted supporters?

Of course she can if she tries to gather her wits together and not be swayed or get carried away by the spiteful imputations of neophyte Sen. Leila de Lima who claims that summary executions or extrajudicial killings are committed by the police in their anti-drug campaign, thus, her call for a Senate investigation.

Aside from the fact that de Lima has an axe to grind against Duterte whom she hasn’t been able to pin down for human rights violation in Davao while still a mayor, she is also trying to recoup her tarnished image, now as a senator, as an inept Justice Secretary who did nothing to solve the scandalous and corrupt activities done by the detained high-profile drug lords, who, it was confirmed by Duterte, continued to be one of the sources of illegal drugs being distributed in the country.

This early of the Duterte administration, Robredo should give Duterte the kind of support and trust that the many Filipinos have given him, not to mention his Cabinet members and political allies, in solving the problems terribly afflicting the country today and in the process effect a positive change for the country and in the lives of the Filipinos.

Sad to say that there are killings, but if those dead are the scum who have destroyed lives and future of Filipino youths with impunity for a long, long time now, wouldn’t we heave a sigh of relief that at last something is done to eliminate the drug scourge in this country?

In the same manner, wouldn’t we be heaving also a big sigh of relief knowing that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), in tandem with the Philippine National Police (PNP), have destroyed close to P2-billion worth of illegal drugs, which if it has found its way into the hands of unscrupulous people would have been hell for many Filipino families

Robredo should not interfere this early in what is happening to the serious and determined anti- drug campaign waged by the Duterte administration through the equally fearless and no-nonsense PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, no matter how she abhors extrajudicial killings.

Now that Robredo is a Cabinet member and the administration’s housing czar, being chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), it would be more appreciated if she just attends to her daunting task of giving adequate shelter to the greater number of poor and homeless Filipinos.

Robredo has her hands full without meddling in the events unfolding in drug related issues. Am sure other appropriate government agencies are competently looking into the legality or legitimacy of the killings.